A concentration of birds on one of the mud islands in the Joyce’s Creek reach of Cairn Curran caught my attention earlier in the week.
Upon closer inspection with the camera, at a distance of ~ 150 metres, there was a bit to see, including a couple of rare visitors.
Australian Pelicans, Black Swans and a mix of ducks – Pacific Black Ducks, Wood Ducks, and Australian Shelducks caught my eye and then a nice surprise – a pair of Plumed Whistling Ducks.
Plumed Whistling Ducks Dendrocygna eytoni are infrequent visitors to the district. They are typically found further north, often in large flocks on irrigation country throughout the Murray Darling Basin and north into the tropics. They are a distinctive and beautiful duck, standing erect and showing off handsome cream plumes along their flanks. I’ve seen them only a handful of times in recent years but suspect they’ll be observed more often in the future.