Four observers were able to watch one of the Masked Ducks this
morning at the Pembroke Pines mitigation wetlands.  The bird
actively fed for about 1 hr. in a fairly open area on the east side
of the north boardwalk.  It was then chased by a Common Moorhen
(came too close to her nest) for several yards and retreated to the
edge of a thick growth of "alligator flag", where it went through an
extensive preening routine which included raising and spreading its
tail showing off the extremely long tail feathers - quite impressive!

This was the bird with the dark area on the upper mandible.  I am
not aware of any sightings of the other bird since May 30.

Wally George
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