Pacific Black Duck

Arundel Wetlands – 5 May 2018

I had received word that Pink-eared Duck had been seen at the Arundel Wetlands so took it as a good opportunity for a quick morning visit to my local patch.

As I arrived there were the usual birds around with the highlights being a Spangled Drongo and a Olive-backed Oriole.

Olive-backed Oriole
Olive-backed Oriole – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


One of the easy access waterholes provided the Comb-crested Jacana, Little Egret and Intermediate Egret.

Little Egret
Little Egret – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Intermediate Egret
Intermediate Egret – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Moving to the main water area there was the usual assortment of Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, and Australasian Waterhen.  The Little Black Cormorant were around along with the resident Royal Spoonbill.

Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


A not so common sighting for the Arundel Wetlands is the Straw-necked Ibis.

Straw-necked Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Other larger water birds included the Black Swan and Australian Pelican.

Black Swan
Black Swan – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Australian Pelican
Australian Pelican – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Scanning through the various water fowl on the main water body I was eventually able to locate my target with three Pink-eared Duck working the middle of the water area. They unfortunately never came any closer to the edge so I had to settle for some long distance shots with a fair bit of cropping.

Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Coming back to one of the other waterholes the lighting was still a little dark due to some cloud cover, and combined with some heavy shadow I got some interesting shots of a Pacific Black Duck.

Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Returning to the first water point a Comb-crested Jacana was situated nicely and I got down low for some good shots.

Comb-Crested Jacana
Comb-Crested Jacana – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


A Dusky Moorhen and Grey Teal also provided a nice shot together.

Grey Teal & Dusky Moorhen
Grey Teal & Dusky Moorhen – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


I decided to head around to the river side of the wetlands and as well as the commonly seen birds I was rewarded with a Striped Honeyeater.

Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Along with a Striated Pardolate and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.

Striated Pardalote
Striated Pardalote – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


A quick mornings trip with 45 different birds photographed in about 2 hours was not a bad effort.  No new ones but some more shots of the Pink-eared Duck and a few upgrades for the galleries made the morning a success.


  • World Bird Count:  443
  • Australian Bird Count: 296


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