While helping the Heyfield Birdwatchers with a Gippsland Lakes IBA survey a few days back, I took a few moments off to record with the camera some of the Freckled Ducks on Lake Guthridge at Sale.
The Freckled Duck is Australia’s, indeed the world’s rarest waterfowl species.
I’m always impressed to see that their numbers at Sale seem to be quite stable. This time we recorded 500 sheltering under the overhanging tree branches on the shoreline of the lake.
The bird is vulnerable to drought conditions, loss of habitat, (wetland drainage) and illegal hunting. It is good to see that at least in this little corner of their world, the Freckled Duck seems to be surviving.