Carolina wood ducks

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mpp26
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Carolina wood ducks

Postby mpp26 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:40 pm

Seen at Styx wetland reserve Christchurch near the bridge on the walking tracks. 2 female Carolina wood ducks with a duckling

https://www.flickr.com/photos/maureenpp/32766278928/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/maureenpp/32766278928/in/datetaken-public/
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Adam C
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Re: Carolina wood ducks

Postby Adam C » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:35 pm

Where's the Male? He should stand out like Dogs balls! Willowbank escapies?
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Re: Carolina wood ducks

Postby les » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:21 pm

not at this time of the year.Have you heard of eclipse plumage?
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Re: Carolina wood ducks

Postby Adam C » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:43 pm

:lol: Ok fine....'Should HAVE stood out like dogs balls'
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Re: Carolina wood ducks

Postby Jake » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:09 am

Wow, is this the first confirmed breeding record for this species, outside of captivity?! The ducklings are pretty slow-growers: the one in the picture looks at least a couple of weeks old to me
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Re: Carolina wood ducks

Postby andrewcrossland » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:17 pm

The pics don't look right for Styx Mill Reserve, we're struggling to think where the white flowering aquatic plants shown in the first pic grow in the reserve. The Styx Living Laboratory Trust who undertake regular bird monitoring in the reserve haven't seen any Carolina Wood Ducks. Can I ask, were these birds in one of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ponds next to Styx Mill Reserve? The willowbank people say they have birds there. Would be great to know for sure if these birds are living undetected within Styx Mill or are actually within willowbank (which is a open air zoo).

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Re: Carolina wood ducks

Postby Adam C » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:02 pm

Had a good comb of the area mid morning today. There is a heap of fantastic waterfowlage on these lakes but no Carolinas that I could see. Checked around the Little Shaggery too. Was quite entertained watching Coot chicks though. Epic little fellas.
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