9 comments on “Quest for the Blue-billed Duck

  1. I am happy you finally found the Blue-billed Duck! The male has such strikingly beautiful colors! All the other birds were lovely too, it was nice to see the Galah again and the young Sea-eagle. Beautiful post my friend 🙂

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    • Thanks Tiny, I was so thrilled to find my quest bird in the middle of the year, I will have to set a new quest now:-) It is always a special treat to have birds fly over when you are out and about birding, and these ones looked so good against a clear blue sky. Have a wonderful weekend, and a wonderful family reunion when you take off to Europe my friend:-)

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  2. Great shots! I like reading your blog as it amazes me how there are similar ducks in Canada. We have the Ruddy Duck which looks a lot like this one and are fun to watch.

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    • Thanks Debbie, I am so glad you like my blog, and can compare the birds. Some of the birds that spend your winter here are at present breeding up in Alaska near you. We love to see them back each year, as they add an exciting dimension to birding for us here in Australia, as my blog posts will have shown, because we do not see them all year. Thank you for your comment Debbie:-)

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  3. Loev the story of the search. I reckon we’ve probably all pursed some dreams of birds that have taken a while to come to completios. Great photos of said ducks.

    Enjoyed the chase with you.

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    • Thanks David, yes part of the excitement of birding is to set goals to find particular birds or lifers and pursue them, we have been doing this with the Regent Honeyeater for years, but we are still hopeful. The good thing is as I shared, even if we do not find our target bird on an occasion, we get to enjoy all of the other wonderful birds that are also in that place:-)

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    • Thanks so much Laura, yes it only gets more exciting as one pursues their target bird, and we just get more determined. But the greatest excitement is to lay eyes on it for the first time. Beholding a ‘lifer’ is always the biggest birding buzz. Yes it is amazing to see how blue the bill really is, it is astounding to see how it stands out from the other earthy colors in the pond among the birds. One reason why they are not common and so shy of man is that duck hunters have shot many of them, and now conservationists are trying to protect them. have a wonderful week Laura:-)

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