Two Common Ducks

Pacific Black Duck
(Toowoomba, March, 2008)

One of the first birds I ever saw in Japan was a Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha (below). I immediately thought of the Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa (above) of Australia. Both ducks are common year round in both countries. Both are about the same in size but their colours are slightly different and the yellow-spot on the bill of the Japanese bird is absent from the Australian.

Spot-billed Duck
(Fukushimagata, October, 2010)