WA Birds 02. Magpie Goose to Great Crested Grebe


Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

Abundant at Kununurra (1,000s), Parry Lagoons, south end of Lake Argyle.  Small numbers at the Argyle Diamond Mine.  Breeds in small numbers at Lake Eda near Broome.


Plumed Whistling-Duck (photographs)

Dendrocygna eytoni

Abundant at Kununurra, Parry Lagoons.  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine, Derby, Broome.


Wandering Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna arcuata

Common at Kununurra, Parry Lagoons, Derby.  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine (breeding), Broome.


Blue-billed Duck (photograph)

Oxyura australis

Common in Perth at Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake, Bayswater Bird Sanctuary, etc.  Seen at Lake Seppings in Albany, Esperance.


Musk Duck (photograph)

Biziura lobata

Common in Perth in the deeper lakes such as Bibra Lake, Yangebup Lake, Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake, Booragoon Lake, etc.  Seen at Lake Seppings in Albany, Esperance.


Freckled Duck (photographs)

Stictonetta naevosa

Uncommon in WA.  Seen at the corner of Forrest and Liddelow Roads in October 1995.  Seen north of Sandfire Roadhouse on Anna Plains Station in April 1996.  One seen at Herdsman Lake in April to July 2000, January to April 2001 and two from November 2001 to January 2002.  Reported a few times in summer at Carine Open Space, Lake Monger and Yangebup Lake.  Reported at Lake McLarty in November 1997.  Reported at Wheatfield Lake at Esperance in April 1998.


Mute Swan (introduced)

Cygnus olor

Very easy to find on the weir at Northam.


Black Swan (photographs)

Cygnus atratus

Very common often in good numbers in Perth (e.g. Lake Monger, Bibra Lake) and the south west (e.g. Lake McLarty, Oyster Harbour at Albany).  Not common in the Kimberley but seen breeding at Lake Eda and Lake Campion near Broome, Argyle Diamond Mine, Lake Gregory.


Cape Barren Goose

Cereopsis novaehollandiae

Common on offshore islands at Esperance.  Fairly common at Esperance in Stearnes Road near Lake Warden and on the golf course.


Australian Shelduck (photograph)

Tadorna tadornoides

Very common often in very large numbers in the south west (e.g. Lake McLarty).  Uncommon to rare in the north but seen at Derby, Broome and reported at Wyndham.


Radjah Shelduck (photograph)

Tadorna radjah

Common on the shores of Lake Argyle.  Fairly common at Parry Lagoons, Kununurra (especially sewage ponds).  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine.


Australian Wood Duck (photographs)

Chenonetta jubata

Common in the south west especially near farm dams.


Green Pygmy-goose (photograph)

Nettapus pulchellus

Fairly common at Lily Creek Lagoon in Kununurra and Parry Lagoons near Wyndham.  Seen at Lake Campion near Broome, Argyle Diamond Mine.


Mallard (introduced)

Anas platyrhynchos

Common in Perth at Herdsman Lake, Lake Monger, Bibra Lake.


Pacific Black Duck (photograph)

Anas superciliosa

Very common in the south west. Common in the north.


Australasian Shoveler (photograph)

Anas rhynchotis

Very common on many lakes in Perth such as Lake Monger, Forrestdale Lake, Kogolup Swamp, Thomsons Lake.


Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Very rare vagrant to Australia.  One reported at Lake Namming in July 1982.  One reported at Lake McLarty in February 1997.


Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Very common on wetlands in most of WA.


Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Common at Esperance, Bremer Bay.  Seen at Albany, near Stirling Ranges, Lake Muir.  Uncommon near Perth.  Seen at Lake Claremont, Forrestdale Lake, Lake McLarty near Pinjarra.


Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

The first Australian record was reported by George Agar at Chandala Swamp in July 1986.



Anas querquedula

Uncommon wet season migrant to northern Australia.  Seen at Parry Lagoons, Derby, Argyle Diamond Mine.  Reported at Broome.


Pink-eared Duck

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Nomadic and widespread.  Often found in large numbers in the north.  Often seen in conjunction with Hardhead.  Fairly common in smaller numbers at many lakes in Perth (e.g. Lake Monger, Bayswater Bird Sanctuary, Lake McLarty) and the south west.


Hardhead (photograph)

Aythya australis

Nomadic and widespread.  Often found in large numbers in the north.  Fairly common in smaller numbers at many lakes in Perth and the south west.  Very distinctive wing pattern in flight.


Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Common to very common on most freshwater (and some salt) wetlands.


Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Uncommon in the north but seen at Argyle Diamond Mine, Broome, Kununurra.  Often very common (but sometimes difficult to find) in the south.  Large rafts seen in Perth at Alfred Cove, Bibra Lake, Forrestdale Lake, Lake McLarty.


Great Crested Grebe (photograph)

Podiceps cristatus

Common at Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake.  Fairly common at Bibra Lake, ALCOA Wetlands.  Seen at Alfred Cove, Booragoon Lake, Lake Goegrup.


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