Thursday, June 19, 2014

A very strange duck!



Walking around Lake Joondalup in-between showers yesterday for the first time I spotted a Musk duck, described in the opening line of my field guide to the birds of Australia as 'a very strange duck'.. I can now confirm this to be true :) The adult male has a most peculiar leathery flap under his bluntly triangular bill and a tail made up of not 27 nor 29 but 28 feathers that expand and fluff up when he puts on a display which he did for moi :)

 
Slowly rotating (above) he raised his bill (below), flap expanded and began making loud 'k-plonk' noises as he splashed away...  


...as he swam off into the centre of the lake, tail puffed out, making shrill whistle like noises that I could hear all the way back to the car, I thought to myself.. strange, that doesn't even begin to cover the Musk duck, at the same time thrilled that I had just witnessed something quite unique! Happy Thursday, take care...p.s. catch up today!


39 comments:

  1. I've certainly never seen a duck like this one before!! Living fairly close to the water in Portland and Seattle, I've seen lots of different birds/ducks, but this is a new one and different he is!! Great shots, Grace!! Hope your week is going well!

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  2. An unusual duck...but still cute!

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  3. A new type of duck...Arianna

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  4. Very strange indeed , I think about some prehistoric animal ..

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  5. Helpful images, Grace, to go along with the explanation. You certainly have some unusual creatures in your part of the world.

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  6. Grace that sure is a very strange duck, and impressive, too! At Lake Joondalup we got married btw :-) WIth ducks like that living there we sure have a reason to return!

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  7. I have never heard or seen about a musk duck! It is a very special one with the feaders and the strange thing under his chin. Great you spotted him.

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  8. A strange duck indeed, Grace! And great pics.

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  9. Fascinating. I'll bet it's some evolutionary offshoot. In south Florida we had Muscovy Ducks which were really ugly and made a mess.

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  10. There is a huge variety of ducks.

    Tomás

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  11. A strange wonder that sends shivers through me like seeing a ray, or eel or. . . alien!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= <3

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  12. They can't fly upside down because they would quack up.

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  13. Someone mentioned Muscovy ducks. Our neighborhood in Houston wanted to relocate the Muscovy Ducks because they were ugly. After that I made sure my hair was combed when I went to the mailbox.

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  14. Oh isn't he amazing - weren't you honoured with that wonderful display; I'd label him a show-off! I bet he doesn't go through his act for all the cameras that come upon him! Joyx

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  15. Odd duck. Never heard of it, let alone seen one. Love the last photo.

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  16. I've never seen anything like this. Very cool, though!!

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  17. I haven't seen one like that one at all!

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  18. Wow, I've never seen anything like this! I like what Andrew called it, Odd Duck! That seems to suit him quite well.

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  19. Prehistoric, almost like a platypus with feathers, weird!

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  20. Hmmmmm.....yes he is "interesting"

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  21. Another animal that I have never seen!

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  22. He seems quite pleased to be in your spotlight Grace.

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  23. Never seen one of those ducks around my area, quite strange looking indeed!

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  24. Hmm... he is a bit strange looking. I really like his tailfeathers though!

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  25. It looks sort of prehistoric. Only in Australia.

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  26. Hmmm, I hope he (or she) is not ill.
    I wonder if he is 'The Ugly Duckling' (Andersen) ...
    PS: Nice shots!

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  27. He looks like a genetic anomaly of a prehistoric bird!!!

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