While out at Wivenhoe Dam last week, I was busy capturing a Great Egret and, as it flew across the water, I noticed through my lens a bird I have never seen before. Once home, I looked through my images and by certain features (particularly the bill) I was sure it was a duck of some kind. After some detective work on one of my favourite Aussie websites, "Birds In Backyards", I discovered the bird was the Plumed Whistling-Duck.
Here's a little info courtesy of "Birds In Backyards":
The Plumed Whistling-Duck is one of two whistling or tree ducks found in Australia. It is a tall, long necked duck, with very prominent long lanceolate off-white plumes edged in black along the flanks. The face and foreneck are light, the crown and hind neck are pale brown and the brown feathers of the upper back are edged buff. The breast is pale chestnut, finely barred in black. The bill is mottled pink and grey and the legs and feet are pink.
They weren't too keen on me edging closer and made their way to the water...
Another great find and more birds to add to my list, equals a happy novice bird watcher.