The bird was relocated this morning at low tide on rocks in the bay half way between the Murtcain Outlet and Kirks point ( 38º 02' 14" S 144º 38' 02" E ).
The bird was with a flock of Australian Shelduck but tended to be on the edge of the flock. A close approach was not possible because the birds were flighty. All images were taken with a Canon 500D and a 100 - 400 L lens.
|Flight shot shooing underwing comparative neck shape to Aus Shelduck|
|Upperwing showing pale coverts|
|Note steep forehead and apparent short, deep bill|
|Note dark vertical line between flank and vent. This was visible on most images|
|Note pale vent compared to dark vent for Aus Shelduck|
|Note extensive white on head and no white collar|
|Bird in comparison to Aus Shelducks|
|Bird in comparison to Aus Shelducks. Note different head shape|
|This image has been lightened to show colour of vent. Note steep forehead and apparent short bill|
|As with image above note lack of speculum or different coloured covert feathers on wing. Note also lack of white ring at base of neck. Leg can just be seen and is black.|