PLUCKY DUCK’S FLYING VISIT TO VICTORIA
A WAYWARD duck has found itself a long, long way from its native Eurasian home and at a property in Werribee.
The Tufted duck, which is only found in northern parts of Europe and Asia — mainly Russia and surrounds — was spotted yesterday near Melbourne and is thought to be the only duck of its kind to make its way to Australia.
A caller to the 3AW Rumour File revealed a possible sighting of the famous fowl, with keen birdwatchers said to be in a flap.
The duck, believed to be a male, is said to be alone and possibly hiding out at the Werribee treatment plant.
Expert Sean Dooley, from Birdlife Australia, said the ducks never flew into the southern hemisphere. “So this one has obviously migrated and something has gone wrong with its internal GPS — until it’s ended up with all the local ducks in Werribee,” he said.
“It’s so out of place that we thought it could have been in a collection but we’ve made inquires and we’re pretty sure it’s wild bird — it’s behaving like one.
“It’s feeding with other flocks and has lots of company.
“They all congregate at the treatment plant. The water has already been treated so it’s full of nutrients.”
Mr Dooley said bird watchers from across Australia had congregated in Werribee.
“When I went to see it, there were about 35 car loads of bird watches. It’s quite the celebrity.”
A Tufted duck