Yes, they are ducks … but how many different species have been photographed here?
There are actually three species – thirteen Grey Teal, three Hardheads and three Pink-eared Ducks! It wasn’t until I examined the photograph at home on the computer that the diversity of the flock was revealed. The Hardheads can be identified by the white trailing edge to the wings, while the ‘Pinkies’ have that distinctive bill shape.
The birds were about 150 metres away and I’d falsely assumed they were all Grey Teal at first … it pays to have a closer look!