Thursday, December 20, 2007

Surf Scoter seen at Manly Dam!!!!!

Extremely rare species of duck graces Sydney's north

The Surf Scoter is rarely seen outside North America but has been spotted on Manly Dam reservoir.

The black-feathered bird has an oddly-shaped, multi-coloured bill and usually lives along the coast.

Wayne Ball, a fellow duck lover, said: "It's put [the reservoir] on the map as a site for such birds."

Mussel eaters

"It's very nice to have the bird sighting here which is the first sighting in Sydney.

"Only four have been spotted inland in the state , and there's been less than 20 records in the country," he said.

The Surf Scoter is also known as the Goggle-nose or Horse-head Coot and has a pronounced hump on the top of its bill.

Hundreds of thousands of the birds spend the winter in the coastal waters off British Columbia in Canada.

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