The Hardhead is the only true diving duck found in Australia. The male has a large brown head and a black bill with a distinctive blue bar at the tip. The body if of a rich and mottled chocolate brown.
Deep, vegetated swamp, or other large open water. Common in the south-east of Australia. Can reach as far afield as New Guinea, New Zealand, and some Pacific islands, where they can remain and breed for a season or two.
The female is paler with a brown iris. These ducks rarely come to land and never perch in trees.
Lat: -27.47, Long: 153.03
Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on May 13, 2012