Checklist S52579746

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Owner Thalia and Darren Broughton

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Went to east side (Lagoon Rd entrance). Limited shoreline to explore due to high water level. Sunny very warm with breeze. Hard to see birds not close due to western sun on the water and in our eyes.


  1. Number observed: 1

    Comments: This might have ended up as mystery duck if not for Jenny Stiles observation. This elegant looking duck was seen in the distance on the water. Also helps having ID book with same profile drawn. Saw dark top of head then dark line (down nape) outlining white-ish neck (seen in profile) down to darkish back. Flash of white (like a broken line) or similar below dark back. Water mostly obscured further down but brief glimpse of a chestnut/rufous area, if not a trick of the western light. Light not in our favour overall. White-ish chin and neck similar to Grey Teal but had them to compare with in similar light/distance. Definitely different and the only one of this sort. Too far to get any meaningful photo. If not for WWD possibility alerting us to look at this entry in ID book, would have left it as a mystery.

  2. Number observed: 2
  3. Number observed: 4
  4. Number observed: 11

    Comments: Six adults and five ducklings

  5. Number observed: X

    Comments: At least 4 clearly seen as Grey, but almost certainly more in teal mix in distance.

  6. Number observed: X

    Comments: Two clearly seen but could be more in teal mix in distance. Probably saw at least 20 teal types in total.

  7. Number observed: 4
  8. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Distant and awkward light but almost certain despite blue bill not apparent. Based on profile and behaviour, some (quite drab) plumage and ruling out others. Seen on water only. Sits low in water similar to Musk Duck.

  9. Number observed: 2
  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 1
  12. Number observed: 2
  13. Number observed: X

    Comments: A few seen clearly but prob more in distance (based on shape).

  14. Number observed: 8
  15. Number observed: 1
  16. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Always surprises us how small and hidden these handsome birds can be. We flushed one at least when walking along shore below Lagoon Rd entrance. Must have been in weeds just up from the reedy waterline. If so, it must lie pretty flat! We resolved to be more cautious as we want to film one, but again a single bird was flushed on shoreline below little brown cottage block. Could be the same bird.

  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 12

    Comments: Approx. Roosting on dead branches on west side.

  19. Number observed: 1
  20. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen alone and near an Intermediate Egret.

  21. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Note the slightly smaller size and slightly diff neck when compared with Great Egret. And more subtle gape.

  22. Number observed: 15

    Comments: More arriving as we departed just after 6pm.

  23. Number observed: 10

    Comments: Prob more but hard to see as in far western zone. Counted when flying into roosting area.

  24. Number observed: 1
  25. Number observed: X

    Comments: Heard

  26. Number observed: 2
  27. Number observed: X

    Comments: Heard

  28. Number observed: 3

    Comments: Including one that looked more juvenile.

  29. Number observed: 6
  30. Number observed: X

    Comments: Heard

  31. Number observed: X

    Comments: At least 50. Mixed with a lesser number of Fairy Martins and a couple of Tree Martins.

  32. Number observed: X

    Comments: At least three seen clearly but sounded like more up high. Mixed with Welcomes and hard to count.

  33. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Sitting on a fence with Welcome Swallows and Fairy Martins around 6pm.

  34. Number observed: X

    Comments: Heard

  35. Number observed: 1
  36. Number observed: X

    Comments: Heard

  37. Number observed: 50

    Comments: At least. Often in one large group.

  38. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Appropriately, perched on a house roof.

  39. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Male.

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