Sunday, January 5, 2014
A quick scan of ducks drifting on the sewage works this morning produced two female Freckled Ducks (bird no. 162)! Their scaled plumage, distinctly-shaped heads and unique bills make FDs easy to identify. In Pizzey and Knight's latest field guide Freckled Ducks are described as nomadic, irruptive and rare. I've only seen Freckled Ducks on two or three occasions and never before in the Southern Highlands. I had a few out at the Lake Cargelligo Sewage Works when on the Twitchathon late last October. LJ, 5 January 2014.