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Owner George Vaughan

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  • 2 km

About as lovely a day as you can get at Goulds! The waterfowl numbers were spectacular, especially the astonishing army of Freckles in front of the hide, and it was lovely to stroll the train tracks and find the multitude of Dotterels and also two very fetching Greenfinches!


  1. Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)

    Number observed: 2

    Comments: The famous Geese of Goulds seem to have set up in the northern end these day! I was very amused to watch them preening with an air of euphoria!

  2. Number observed: 41

    Comments: I knew I was in for a spectacular number when, looking out from the hide, the shoreline was packed with rank after rank of Freckles! They seemed very lively, with several of the females entering into a bit of a fight at one point. I have to say the Freckled Duck is the most handsome of all the ducks in Australia; maybe not as adorable as the Pinkie, but undeniably smart with its lovely bill and triangular head! The subtle, almost cinnamon spangles are also inherently appealing to me. I wasn't sure if the huge numbers meant the whole flock was up by the hide... but it turned out the southern corner was also full of them! A beautiful event!

  3. Number observed: 13
  4. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Always a nice surprise at Goulds! I had a great time photographing them as they lazed in the sun and honked their adorably strange honks at nothing in particular. A favourite!

  5. Number observed: 30

    Comments: Now this was an excellent photo session! The Wood Ducks were very happy out on the flats in front of the hide! One of the females even stretched obligingly for one of my favourite photos, technique wise, I think I've taken in a long time!

  6. Number observed: 8
  7. Number observed: 12

    Comments: Mostly up at the northern end. The purebreds are actually very handsome birds!

  8. Mallard (Domestic type)

    Number observed: 5

    Comments: Including a personal highlight for me... a beautiful new duck! It was a lovely, portly little duck in white with beautiful orange blotches! I've never seen anything like it, and Goulds is better for its presence!

  9. Mallard x Pacific Black Duck (hybrid)

    Number observed: 2
  10. Number observed: 7

    Comments: I haven't seen this many here in quite a while!

  11. Number observed: 45

    Comments: Excellent numbers all over the place, but especially in the Freckles favourite hall out in front of the hide.

  12. Number observed: 4
  13. Number observed: 1

    Comments: I was happy to spot this little fellow across the lagoon! He arrived with no fanfare and left the same way.

  14. Number observed: 9
  15. Number observed: 30
  16. Number observed: 3
  17. Number observed: 5

    Comments: Not so many as usually... but one among the Wood Ducks posed really nicely!

  18. Number observed: 6

    Comments: A real highlight! I always suspected if I went across to the lagoon across the road I would discover the often reported plethora in full numbers... how right I was! On the huge flats of the now very dry pond, the Dotterels were popping out of thin air almost anywhere I looked!

  19. Number observed: 4
  20. Number observed: 1
  21. Number observed: 8

    Comments: Good numbers about, but all heard.

  22. Number observed: 5
  23. Number observed: 1
  24. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Heard.

  25. Number observed: 9

    Comments: Including this lovely family pottering around at the northern end!

  26. Number observed: 3
  27. Number observed: 6

    Comments: I have never seen so many Blackbirds at Goulds!

  28. Number observed: 10
  29. Number observed: 2

    Comments: A nice little couple of Greenfinches flew into the bushes by the train tracks! The wind made it hard to pin them down until one of them briefly fluttered up to the top. A charming bird!

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