A duck of distinction

The Plumed Whistling Duck can be identified by the long, pointed flank feathers that extend up its sides.

BIRDS OF BOYNE AND TANNUM with Bob Trask

This week we are looking at yet another duck, the Plumed Whistling Duck. It is a large duck with very distinctive markings starting with a pink and grey mottled bill.

The face and foreneck are light coloured while breast feathers are chestnut edged with fine black banding.

The clearest way to identify this duck by the long, pointed flank feathers that extend up its sides.

These birds gather in flocks and have been recently spotted at Lake Awoonga.