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Musk Duck

Musk Duck (Image ID 40669)
Photographed bySimon Pelling on Fri 29th May, 2020 and uploaded on Sat 30th May, 2020 .
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ID40669
CommentI am not entirely sure of the status of this duck. A number of years ago a musk duck called 'Ripper' was introduced into the wetland ponds at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. I am not sure if this is the same bird - if so he would be well over 15 years old having survived the 2003 bushfires which destroyed the reserve. Although the ACT is within this species' natural range according to bird guides, I don't think this is a wild bird. In this photo it is performing its courtship display (accompanied by a loud whistle) although no female was present. A grass stem has been cloned out of the foreground.
EquipmentCanon 90D; Canon EF 100-400 L Mk II zoom. 234 mm, ISO 2500, 1/800s, f/5.6. Processed in DxO Photolab 3
LocationThe Sanctuary wetlands, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory
Keywordsmale, adult, behaviour/display
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