12 comments on “Elusive Birds Many Seldom See – Freshwater Birding

    • Thanks JJ, I have also been told it resembles your Ruddy Duck with its blue bill and raised tail. It is wonderful that we can enjoy birds from all over the world through sharing our blogs.

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  1. Interesting post Ashley, I noticed that some of the ducks you have there, we have them here but with a different name. Your list of birds “lifers” must be very long! 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, yes there seems to exist the northern and southern versions of some species in the ducks and shovelers as with some of the passerines. Yes, we have a long list of lifers but there are so many more here in Australia, so rich in birds, that we have yet to discover, which makes birding such and exciting ongoing recreational treat. The Blue-billed Duck was one of most exciting finds as it is so difficult to get photos of due to low numbers and its very elusive shy nature. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Lovely portraits of many of your freshwater ducks, Ashley. A couple i can relate to similar bird species here in the U.S. as in your Australasian Shoveler to our Northern Shoveler, and your Blue-billed Duck to our Ruddy Duck. But most are amazingly different. I particularly love the Plumed Whistling Duck, how stunning! It is so wonderful how God gave us so many beautiful birds with amazing patterns and colors. I hope the heatwave has retreated for you, if not yet, soon!

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    • Thanks Donna, yes there are some similarities of similar species, and the whistlers are a beautiful bird but very noisy when there are thousands of them all whistling together. Still very hot but not as bad as yesterday, though the thunder storm cooled things down a little. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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  3. Awesome collection of ducks.
    We are blessed to have Pinkies, or Zebbies most of the year. The Shelduck are just starting to return for their annual moult.

    An interesting fact with Pinkies is they use a process of communal feeding called “Vortexing”. Half a dozen or so swim round in a large circle that slowly gets smaller with each rotation, it must drive their food into a denser pack.
    Love to hear their call in flight.

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    • Thanks David, yes I have read that they stir up the bottom of the water causing the microorganisms they feed on to become buoyant so they can filter the food through their purpose built bill. They also have the ones trailing behind filtering as the ones in front stir up the water with their feet. Interesting how they know to work together to get a result, similar to pelicans and dolphins. Thanks David for sharing, it must be nice having Pinkies around, we have to go over the mountains to see them.

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  4. Hi Ashley, love your photos of all the different ducks. How cool is that blue billed duck being able to sleep on water? Stay safe in the heat up there and have a great weekend. 🙂

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  5. Wonderful post Ashley! Love the beautiful Shelduck. Good to see you’re doing well. I’ve been out of touch as my life has been turned upside down.

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