Freckled Duck, West Nowra
Freckled Duck, West Nowra

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.

Freckled Duck, West Nowra
Freckled Duck, West Nowra – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

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.

Freckled Duck, West Nowra
Freckled Duck, West Nowra – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

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.

Freckled Duck, West Nowra
Freckled Duck, West Nowra – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review
Freckled Duck, West Nowra
Freckled Duck, West Nowra – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

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5 comments

  1. Hi Duade
    Some very nice images of this most unusual bird, well done!. They were still there on Saturday, I counted very close to 300. I didn’t get any close photos like you did, only overall flock type photos.
    Again well done on beautifully detailed shots.
    Ralph

    1. Thanks Ralph, they sure are a beautiful bird I am very happy they have chosen Nowra to visit. Did you see the Australian Shovelers that have joined them?

      1. I didn’t see the Australian Shovelers last Saturday. Fascinating how fast these large flocks arrive and depart. Last year there were about 2500 Hardheads on a dam on Berry Beach Road. They were there for about 2 weeks and then vanished. I got a couple of panoramic photos so I could count them.

  2. A report to Birdline on 17 Aug ’13, reported over 500 Freckled Duck at this location- would have to be some sort of record for a single location with this spp.
    Darryl

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