Category Archives: Duck

Australian Wood Duck

Australian Wood Ducks are a fairly common sight. They stand out, with their neat round head and short beaks. Up close, I noticed the soft frilly feathers on the sides of this bird’s body under the wings. This one is a male, as its head is dark brown and lacks the females’ white markings around the eyes.

Common name: Australian Wood Duck

Scientific name: Chenonetta jubata

Approximate length: 60cm

Date spotted: 3 June 2017 (Winter)

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’58.1″S 151°15’14.7″E

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Paradise Shelduck at Manly Dam, Australia

If this is a Paradise Shelduck, it’s rather far from its usual home in New Zealand. I spotted it at Manly Dam, near Sydney in Australia.

It’s a big duck. At first I wasn’t sure whether it was a duck or a goose. This one is a female, as you can tell from its white head and neck. The male has a dark head.

Paradise Shelduck in Australia

She took to the water:

Paradise Shelduck in Australia

And showed a bit of ankle:

Paradise Shelduck in Australia

Common name: Paradise Shelduck

Scientific name: Tadorna variegata

Approximate length: 63-70 cm

Date spotted: 26 November 2016

Season: Spring

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’58.0″S 151°15’18.9″E

Wood duck quacking high in a gum tree

For some reason I’ve never expected to see a duck high up a gum tree. I know they fly, but somehow I think of them as spending their lives on the ground or on the water. Walking through the bush, I’ve occasionally heard a muttering, rolling sound coming from the tree tops. Imagine my surprise when I tracked it down to this Australian Wood Duck.

Here’s a still photo of the duck:

Wood Duck quacking in a gum tree

And in profile:

Wood Duck in a gum tree

Common name: Australian Wood Duck

Scientific name: Chenonetta jubata

Approximate length: 50 cm

Date spotted: 31 July 2016

Season: Winter

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’41.1″S 151°14’54.9″E

Swimming across the sky

Reflections at Manly Dam.

In the background you’ll hear Australian Ravens cawing, Wattlebirds croaking, and Whipbirds whistling.

Pacific Black Duck

Common name: Pacific Black Duck

Scientific name: Anas superciliosa

Approximate length: 45-60 cm

Date spotted: 25 December 2015

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’55.0″S 151°15’19.7″E

Eurasian Coot

My bird book calls this coot dumpy. An interesting fact is that the coot has flattened toes rather than webbed feet for efficient swimming.

Common name: Eurasian Coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra

Approximate length: 35 cm

Date spotted: 25 December 2015

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’55.0″S 151°15’19.7″E