As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Pale duck brings in the birdwatchers

1st Jun 2015 5:00 PM

A VERY pale Plumed Whistling-Duck, which has been at a Waterview Heights dam for about a fortnight, has attracted the attention of local birdwatchers (birdos).

The duck was first observed by local resident Brian Scrivener on his dam, along with 300 or so normally coloured Plumed Whistling-Ducks.

UNIQUE: The pale bird has attracted the
 attention of local bird watchers
 and those from afar. Photo: Dr Greg Clancy
Brian advised Gina Hart of the National Parks and Wildlife Service who passed on the information, and photos, to local ecologist Dr Greg Clancy.

Dr Clancy visited the site on Monday evening with two visitors from Virginia, USA, who were on a wildlife tour with him.

Three other local birdos visited after that and on Sunday Greg again visited to obtain photographs, with his wife Val, Joan O'Shea and Warren and Thompson.

Brian is expecting other birdos to call in to see his special duck.

"The duck was originally thought to be an albino but it has yellow eyes and slight pigmentation of some feathers making it a leucistic bird," Dr Clancy said.

"Leucism is a genetic mutation where most of the melanin in the feathers of a bird is lacking but the bare parts such as eyes, bill and legs are normally coloured."

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