Rare Aussie bird spotted in Horncastle
1:12 / 1:12 John Fieldhouse
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Bird-lovers could be going quackers and flocking to Horncastle to grab a sight of a rare duck An Australian wood duck has settled on the River Bain, just a few hundred yards from a busy Tesco supermarket.
It is happily living alongside hundreds of mallards - and the town’s ‘infamous’ swan who locals have called Cyril. A resident contacted the Horncastle News today (Wednesday) to tell us about the duck.
She said the duck appeared camera shy and swam off...whenever she attempted to take a photograph. However, the News contacted Horncastle-based photographer John Aron who quickly spotted the Aussie invader.
And, amazingly, the duck happily posed for photographs in the Bondhi-beach-like weather. The duck immediately attracted a large crowd, who admitted they were surprised to see it in Horncastle.
Alan Judge (37) said: “We’ don’t get many Australian visitors here. In fact, it should have come tomorrow (Thursday) - it’s market day then and there’s a lot more to see!”
Alison Newton (28) said she would not have spotted the Australian duck among all the resident mallards.
She added: “Now it’s been pointed out to me, it is a lot different looking. Perhaps it quacks with an Australian accent!” An RSPB spokesman confirmed the duck was likely to have escaped from a private collection.