Sunday, 8 August 2010

Whistling-Duck & Jacana

Went for a quick drive to check out one of the local waterholes today and found this flock of Plumed Whistling-Duck.
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Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

You can almost always find Comb-crested Jacana at this spot, even though they might be on the other side of the water like this one was.

10 comments:

Snail said...

Well spotted with that jacana! I know they're around but they always seem to hide when I go looking for them.

NicoleB said...

Obviously I have not seen either one of them yet :D
They are great :D

Idaho Birder said...

I love those wing feathers on the Plumed Whistling Ducks!

Wren said...

Nice to have a reliable spot for birds nearby, and great fun to see what runs around loose elsewhere in the world.

Neil said...

Thanks Snail, Nicole, Idaho Birder and Wren I just wish the Jacana would come a bit closer next time.

NatureFootstep said...

it is a bit hard to see what the Comb-crested Jacana look like, but it seems similar to our Grebe.

The Plumed Whistling-Duck looks very nice. It does not visit us. Too bad, I would like it.

Larry said...

I would love to see either one of these birds Neil. Those Plumed Whistling Ducks look very art deco.

Neil said...

Thanks NatureFootstep the Jacana is sometimes called a Lily Trotter because its long toes enable it to walk on the waterlily pads.
Thanks Larry the wing feathers do stand out.

Lana Gramlich said...

I love the jacana! How cool. Great spotting. :)

Neil said...

Thanks Lana they are hard to see sometimes just have to keep looking for movement.