Friday, December 19, 2014

Freckled Ducks

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.

1 comment:

  1. G'day Gouldiae
    Up near Canberra the bird is being seen more regularly than used to be the case. A small flock has even taken up residence ofn the local sewage works for the last few weeks.

    Hopefully that means the population is building enough for them to look to colonise additional areas.