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Pink-eared ducks at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT, 2014.

Pink Eared Ducks, Malacorhynchus membranaceus,

WTP, Victoria.

 

We saw PEDucks by the thousands at WTP the other day. I did a commando crawl over duck poo and snake infested reeds to get some shots of a flock feeding at one of their fave ponds.

A closer look at the Pink-eared duck that I recently posed in flight. I was thrilled to find a pair in my local little wetland that is proving to be a hotspot for such a variety of birds.

 

It's nick-name is Zebra duck and the strips and that shovel-shaped beak and pink around the ear mean there is no mistaking it for anything else.

 

I am giving my son driving lessons (Yikes!) so I also make sure we pass this spot so I can have a peek. He has to negotiate some narrow streets and funny turns to get there (that is my excuse for driving past the spot!). I lost the cover to my battery on the camera while there so we went back to look for it. No luck. I didn't bring my camera and we just stayed and watched the birds as I pointed out all the different species that were there. A little thing. right on my suburban doorstep but gives me so much pleasure. My son appeared to be impressed :)

 

Pink-eared Duck, Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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Sometimes form and shape and tone just reach out.

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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Pink-eared Duck taken at Tolderol, Lake Alexandrina, South Australia.

Pink-eared Duck, Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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A tiny closeup fraction of the entire flock in flight. Think 50 times what you see here.

What amazed me to watch them whirl and turn is the closeness of the flock, often there would hardly be a single wing distance between them.

Port Wakefield, South Australia

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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Your comments and faves are greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

 

Pink-eared Duck

Scientific Name: Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Description: The Pink-eared Duck is a small duck with a huge square-tipped grey bill and strongly barred brown flanks. It has a large brown eye patch on a white finely barred face. There is a small pink patch behind the eye. Upper parts are brown, underparts white barred dark brown. The upperwing is brown with a white trailing edge and the underwing linings are white, finely barred brown. In flight, there is a bold white crescent on the rump.

Similar species: The Pink-eared Duck is not mistakeable for any other duck.

Distribution: The Pink-eared Duck is found throughout Australia but only occasionally in Tasmania.

Habitat: The Pink-eared Duck is found in timbered areas near water. It prefers shallow, temporary waters, however open wetlands support large flocks. It is a highly dispersive and nomadic species.

Seasonal movements: Pink-eared Ducks are birds of the inland swamps and will fly great distances in search of water. Huge flocks often reach the coast in dry years.

Feeding: Pink-eared Ducks feed in shallow warmish waters. The highly specialised bill is fringed with fine lamellae (grooves) to filter out the microscopic plants and animals which make up the bulk of its diet.

Breeding: Breeding can take place all year round and is dependant on floodwaters. The nest is a rounded mass of down placed in a hollow or on a stump above the water. Pink-eared Ducks usually take over nests built by other birds, especially the Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, and the Black-tailed Native Hen, Gallinula ventralis. Pink-eared Ducks form monogamous, probably life-long pair-bonds. The female incubates the eggs, and both parents brood the young.

Calls: A musical chirruping sound that is unusual for a duck, both while in flight and on water. When fighting, this call becomes almost continuous trilling.

Minimum Size: 36cm

Maximum Size: 45cm

Average size: 40cm

Average weight: 375g

Breeding season: Any time of year, influenced by rainfall and floods.

Clutch Size: 5 to 8

Incubation: 26 days

(Source: www.birdsinbackyards.net)

  

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Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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Pink Eared Duck

The Pink-eared Duck is named after an insignificant spot of pink feathers on the side of the drake’s head. More striking are the bold black-and-white stripes which dominate the ducks’ neck, breast and underparts, giving rise to its vernacular name of Zebra Duck or Zebra Teal. Pink-eared Ducks have odd-shaped bills, evolved to feed in a specialised manner: water is sucked through the bill-tip, then expelled through grooves along the side of the bill, filtering out tiny invertebrates in the process.

 

Credit: www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/pink-eared-duck

Your comments and faves are greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

 

Pink-eared Duck

Scientific Name: Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Description: The Pink-eared Duck is a small duck with a huge square-tipped grey bill and strongly barred brown flanks. It has a large brown eye patch on a white finely barred face. There is a small pink patch behind the eye. Upper parts are brown, underparts white barred dark brown. The upperwing is brown with a white trailing edge and the underwing linings are white, finely barred brown. In flight, there is a bold white crescent on the rump.

Similar species: The Pink-eared Duck is not mistakeable for any other duck.

Distribution: The Pink-eared Duck is found throughout Australia but only occasionally in Tasmania.

Habitat: The Pink-eared Duck is found in timbered areas near water. It prefers shallow, temporary waters, however open wetlands support large flocks. It is a highly dispersive and nomadic species.

Seasonal movements: Pink-eared Ducks are birds of the inland swamps and will fly great distances in search of water. Huge flocks often reach the coast in dry years.

Feeding: Pink-eared Ducks feed in shallow warmish waters. The highly specialised bill is fringed with fine lamellae (grooves) to filter out the microscopic plants and animals which make up the bulk of its diet.

Breeding: Breeding can take place all year round and is dependant on floodwaters. The nest is a rounded mass of down placed in a hollow or on a stump above the water. Pink-eared Ducks usually take over nests built by other birds, especially the Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, and the Black-tailed Native Hen, Gallinula ventralis. Pink-eared Ducks form monogamous, probably life-long pair-bonds. The female incubates the eggs, and both parents brood the young.

Calls: A musical chirruping sound that is unusual for a duck, both while in flight and on water. When fighting, this call becomes almost continuous trilling.

Minimum Size: 36cm

Maximum Size: 45cm

Average size: 40cm

Average weight: 375g

Breeding season: Any time of year, influenced by rainfall and floods.

Clutch Size: 5 to 8

Incubation: 26 days

(Source: www.birdsinbackyards.net)

  

:copyright: Chris Burns 2018

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All rights reserved.

 

This image may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means, including electronic, mechanical, photocopying and recording without my written consent.

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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White-bellied Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster,

Pink-eared Duck.

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If you're a Pink-eared Duck, One Sea-eagle would be a worry. Two a nightmare.

Fortunately for said duck, this pair are engaged in mating rituals and food is not high on the 'must do' list.

Both birds are recovering from rolling, legs locked together into the lake below. Their scrambling back into the air, set off the several hundreds of Pink-ears.

But the duck will have a good story to tell.

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus), Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

 

Ebird checklist:

ebird.org/view/checklist/S47489009

 

The pink-eared duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) is a species of duck found in Australia. It has a large spatulate bill like the Australasian shoveler, but is smaller at 38–40 cm length. Its brown back and crown, black and white barred sides and black eye patches on its otherwise white face make this bird unmistakable.

 

Source: Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink-eared_duck

Pink-eared Duck, Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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Its wing tip to wing tip, and closer. This is covering about 1/10th of the flock

 

One of my favourite ducks and i found a whole family! The ducklings are adorable with their odd shaped beaks, just like their parents. I think they should be called Zebra ducks - that pink spot is not very obvious. This was at a new spot for me - definitely going back.

 

No. 85 in my Birds of Australia set

 

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It was amazing to see how many Pink-eared ducks were at Bibra Lake today.

 

Photos: Fred

 

Malacorrhynchus membranaceus:

 

Lake Alexandrina,

South Australia.

Pink-eared Duck, Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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About 1/4 of them I suspect. (Last one I post, as they just get smaller and smaller in frame.)

 

Pink-eared Duck, taken near Victor Harbor, South Australia.

Pink-eared Duck, Malachorhynchus membranaceus

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After a quick flight down the pool and back, this Pink-eared Duck returned to its perch of a few minutes before. Showing off with a one foot landing.

 

(This is part of series - Some of the birds at Bowra Lagoon last November. I'm trying to catch up before heading off to hopefully take far too many photos).

Pink-eared Duck, Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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DWJ

 

Haven't had many of these for awhile, so here's two to go on with.

 

Your comments and faves are greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

 

Pink-eared Duck

Scientific Name: Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Description: The Pink-eared Duck is a small duck with a huge square-tipped grey bill and strongly barred brown flanks. It has a large brown eye patch on a white finely barred face. There is a small pink patch behind the eye. Upper parts are brown, underparts white barred dark brown. The upperwing is brown with a white trailing edge and the underwing linings are white, finely barred brown. In flight, there is a bold white crescent on the rump.

Similar species: The Pink-eared Duck is not mistakeable for any other duck.

Distribution: The Pink-eared Duck is found throughout Australia but only occasionally in Tasmania.

Habitat: The Pink-eared Duck is found in timbered areas near water. It prefers shallow, temporary waters, however open wetlands support large flocks. It is a highly dispersive and nomadic species.

Seasonal movements: Pink-eared Ducks are birds of the inland swamps and will fly great distances in search of water. Huge flocks often reach the coast in dry years.

Feeding: Pink-eared Ducks feed in shallow warmish waters. The highly specialised bill is fringed with fine lamellae (grooves) to filter out the microscopic plants and animals which make up the bulk of its diet.

Breeding: Breeding can take place all year round and is dependant on floodwaters. The nest is a rounded mass of down placed in a hollow or on a stump above the water. Pink-eared Ducks usually take over nests built by other birds, especially the Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, and the Black-tailed Native Hen, Gallinula ventralis. Pink-eared Ducks form monogamous, probably life-long pair-bonds. The female incubates the eggs, and both parents brood the young.

Calls: A musical chirruping sound that is unusual for a duck, both while in flight and on water. When fighting, this call becomes almost continuous trilling.

Minimum Size: 36cm

Maximum Size: 45cm

Average size: 40cm

Average weight: 375g

Breeding season: Any time of year, influenced by rainfall and floods.

Clutch Size: 5 to 8

Incubation: 26 days

(Source: www.birdsinbackyards.net)

  

:copyright: Chris Burns 2018

__________________________________________

 

All rights reserved.

 

This image may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means, including electronic, mechanical, photocopying and recording without my written consent.

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Pink-eared Duck,Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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Pink-eared Duck Survival Rule #1

Fly first ask why after.

Rule #2 See Rule #1

 

Hasties Swamp. In the past I've had trouble getting anywhere near these. This one was still at a fair distance but better than previous encounters.

 

Thanks for the views, faves and comments, much appreciated.

Pink-eared Duck - Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Lake Claremont, Perth, Western Australia

Pink-eared Duck, Malacorhynchus membranaceus

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Soaking up the evening sunshine.

Pink-eared Duck, Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia, November 2014.

Pink-eared Duck - Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Lake Claremont, Perth, Western Australia

... ou Malacorhynque à oreilles roses

 

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Pink-eared Duck

Rosenohrente

Pato Pachón

Розовоухая утка

 

Merci pour vos commentaires - Thank you for your comments

Anatidae (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Feeding on the surface

Taken at the western treatment plant

 

... ou Malacorhynque à oreilles roses

 

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Pink-eared Duck

Rosenohrente

Pato Pachón

Розовоухая утка

 

Merci pour vos commentaires - Thank you for your comment

Pink-eared Duck

Anatidae (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

 

At first Light

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