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This year the FFF+ Challenge is “Freestyle on the Fifth” where a member chooses a theme to be uploaded on the fifth of the month.

 

This month was Jovial Jenni’s turn to choose and she chose “Reflection”.

 

Reflection and experimentation of the truth.

  

Bowra

Slightly faded plumage on this one.

Thanks for your views, faves and comments.

The male in the background has a 'pinker' ear and also seemed a bit bigger. I had never noticed either of these things before.

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)

  

© 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.

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 :)

 

Mostly pelicans and pink eared ducks, with a great cormorant, some little black cormorants, and the inevitable coot! Might even be a single chestnut teal lurking in there somewhere.

Map data is an approximate guess. It was taken somewhere near Meningie on Lake Albert in South Australia.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve

An Australian Shoveler and a pink-eared duck in the reeds.

While in Canberra we visited a "new to us" wetlands, Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve. It was a nice 1 km stroll with four bird hides and board walks.

We saw 100 - 150 pink-eared ducks and a lot of other birds.

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)

  

© 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.

... ou Malacorhynque à oreilles roses

 

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Pink-eared Duck

Rosenohrente

Pato Pachón

Розовоухая утка

 

Merci pour vos commentaires - Thank you for your comments

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)

  

© 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.

I seem to have posted duplicate images of three shots, due to a glitch in the uploading process. I think I have eliminated the duplicates now.

Anatidae (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

 

At first Light

My first time spotting and luckily photographing a Pink-eared Duck.

A tip from Dave Torr, one of our team at Heathdale - Glen Orden Wetlands, this morning that there was a Pink-eared Duck on the pond saw me rearrange my day so I could pop up and get some photos.

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

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.

Eyes right for all the birds - pink eared ducks, banded stilts and a single Eurasian coot! Taken at Greenhill Lake near Ararat in Victoria, Australia.

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Edithvale Wetlands, Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

 

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Conversation or Altercation?

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

Pink Ear ducks will swim in a tight circle to form a current that raises detritus of the bottom of pools so they can filter feed. On this occasion they have joined by some opportunist Australasian Shovelers also filter feeding

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

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, taken near Victor Harbor, South Australia.

Port Wakefield, South Australia

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

Just lingering in the wetlands yesterday when a pair of these selected the pond in front of me. Here lining up for final approach to land.

Pink-eared Duck, (Zebra Duck), Malacorhynchus membranaceus, 36 - 45 cm. / 14 - 17.7 in. UNCOMMON ENDEMIC. On open water and coastal sewage plants, breeds on inland floodwaters.

 

Herdsman Lake, Western Australia. ©bryanjsmith

Pink-eared Duck (male)

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

 

August 25th, 2018

Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia

 

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens

Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

 

The Pink-eared duck is so-called as the male has a very small spot of pink feathers on the side of their head. This species of duck have rather unique bills, which are used to suck water through the tip & expel it through grooves along the sides, filtering out tiny invertebrates in the process.

Anatidae (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Feeding on the surface

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.

Might also be called a Zebra duck for obvious reasons.

 

A first for me, so posting this very imperfect shot of this pair found at Jells Park lake until can take a better one!

 

(I really don't like the colour or texture of the water... and the whole picture seems to have a 'noisy' appearance despite being taken at ISO160 .. confuses me?! Any suggestions?!)

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

Malacorhynchus membranaceus. Seen at Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). DSCN0007

Water flies off the Pink Eared Ducks back.

 

Malacorhynchus membranaceus,

Edithvale Wetlands,

Victoria, Australia.

From Wikipedia: "The pink-eared duck 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"

 

Just look at that bill!

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