|Radjah Shelduck Radjah radjah
(aka Tadorna radjah)
The Radjah Shelduck is distributed in New Guinea and coastal northern Australia. In the wet season it is found in shallow waters in a variety of fresh and salt water including mangroves and river banks while in the dry season it is found more on permanent lakes, paperbark swamps and estuaries.
|I think that photo 2 shows a pair of birds close to their nest site though it was inaccessible on the other side
of the lagoon. They did act as though they had been flushed out by a Magpie Goose. Radjah Shelduck nest in tree hollows near water. Photo 5 was taken
on the other side of the same tree and shows a plumage I can't find in any guide book. I presume that it is a juvenile.
Photo 3 shows a Radjah Shelduck being followed by Wandering Whistling-duck.
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