Sunday, 18 August 2013

In search of Freckled Duck


After hearing about the rare Freckled Duck at Lake MacDonald, Cooroy, on the Sunshine Coast, we decided to try and find them. After our first unsuccessful attempt last month, we thought we would try again. This time we were lucky enough to see four Freckled Duck, and as an added bonus, a Comb-crested Jacana appeared right in front of us. 
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 Australasian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)(Male)

 Comb-crested Jacana (Metopidius gallinacea)
(Juvenile)




Comb-crested Jacana (Adult)

 Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)





 Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Purple Swamphen,
 Australasian Darter, Freckled Duck.

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), Australasian Darter.
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22 comments:

Betty Luckhurst said...

I've never heard of a freckled duck before! Love all your birds photos.

mick said...

A great series of photos. I'm glad you found your ducks and got great photos as well but for me the Jacana is the best! I love those huge feet!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's really neat the way the jacanas look as if they're tiptoeing over the lily pads.

They are new (even in pictures) to me as is the freckled duck....glad you found what you went for and more wonderful birds besides. And very glad you shared them.

TexWisGirl said...

the ducks are handsome - all of your birds are unique!

eileeninmd said...

Congrats on your sightings! The ducks are cute and I love the Jacana. Great photos!

Gary Phillips said...

Great finds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Faye said...

The jacanas crack me up--they look like they're perched on tripods! And as if a duck needs help in being cute. Just make them speckled. Good finds.

Phil Slade said...

Looks like a special day out Neil. Never heard of Freckled Duck until now. Great pics of the jacana lily trotting.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Nice shots of the Darter.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of birds. I like the way it is walking on the leaves.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos! I'm glad you found the duck and got some great shots.

Pete Shanley said...

It's been a good year for Freckled duck in Victoria also. I saw my first earlier in the year too!

Digi-Irma said...

All bird photos are great.
Greetings Irma

CabinGirl said...

Congrats on finding the ducks and getting such nice photos! And, I LOVE those huge, oversized feet on the Jacana. Really cool that you caught it in action so we can see how it uses them to walk across the lily pads.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Your coots a quite a bit different than those here in America. I enjoyed the freckled ducks.

Your images, Mick, are super.

Kerri Farley said...

Wonderful captures!

Hilde said...

Great series of photos, such wonderful birds! Thanks for sharing :)

EG CameraGirl said...

It's a treat to see your "exotic-to-my-eyes" birds. Freckled ducks, eh? I ;ove it when my husband and I make a special journey to see a certain bird and then we actually do find it!

Sharon Wagner said...

It is always fun to get lots of duck shots. In and out of a row.

Ken Schneider said...

Those are very interesting finds!

Stewart M said...

They are great looking ducks - once you get to know the "pointy head" look to then you can often find them - if that are there in the first place that is!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M

Esther Joy said...

I guess I'd never thought of a duck having freckles! Great shots of all the birds!