In July 2013 the rare Freckled Duck turned up in Nowra. This is the only time between 2012 and 2018 that I saw Freckled Duck in Nowra. The Freckled Duck is listed as a Vulnerable Species on Schedule 2 of the New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995 (TSC Act). It is very rare in the Shoalhaven and it wasn’t just one bird that turned up but an incredible 220 Freckled Ducks.
The Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) is a moderately large, broad-bodied duck native to southern Australia. The Freckled Duck is grey-brown in colour and covered with fine white freckles giving it its name. The males show a red bill when in breeding colours. The Freckled Duck feeds by dabbling in shallow water, often by wading near the edge. It prefers large, well-vegetated swamps, but moves to open water after breeding or in dry periods.
Just west of Nowra lies Flat Rock Dam, a relatively small dam that is around 120m at its widest and just over a kilometer in length. It is not that well known for its waterfowl with mainly Eurasian Coots, Pacific Black Ducks, Australasian Grebe, Cormorants, Kingfishers and the common marsh birds. Now it is home to over 200 Freckled Ducks and is well worth a visit should you be in Nowra.
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