King Parrots (& other birds) at Reedy Swamp, Shepparton

Three King Parrots were recently seen beside Reedy Swamp near Shepparton.

King Parrots are not native to Shepparton so perhaps they are escapees. The green colour seemed a bit dullish so they were possibly immature (although perhaps this may have been an illusion due to dull morning light and dappled sunlight through the tree canopy).

Hundreds of ducks (mainly Grey Teal) were on the water but thay were very skittish, possibly due to duck hunting season. There were also numerous Black Ducks, Wood Ducks and several Chestnut Teal. There was also possibly a pair of Shovelers in the distance; these appeared to have elongated bills but a  hundred metres over shimmering water may have been deceptive. Also Dusky Moorhens, Purple Swamphens, Pelicans, Black-fronted Dotterels, Swans, Liitle Pied Cormorants, White-plumed Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds, Brown Treecreepers, eastern Rosellas, Red-rumped Parrots, Willy Wagtails, Magpie-larks, Noisy Miners, Whistling Kite Water level quite low. Unfortunately the White-bellied Sea-eagles that often fish here were not seen. Neither were there any Yellow Rosellas (Smokers) seen

The Reedy Swamp is also home to three species of freshwater turtles that nest in the sand beside the swamp

The swamp was very low, with much of the wetland dry land.

Ducks (mainly Grey Teal) at Reedy swamp

Ducks flying over Reedy Swamp


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