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Paradise Shelduck (female)

Tadorna variegata

Description:

This is a female Paradise Shelduck. In Māori they are called Pūtangitangi/Pūtakitaki and they are endemic to New Zealand. They both have rather striking plumage, exhibiting sexual dimorphism. The female has a white head and chestnut body and the male (see spotting: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/20... ) has a black head and barred black body.

Habitat:

Her and the male were drinking water from where the estuary flows into the sea near the end of the beach at Smails Beach, Dunedin.

Notes:

It was a reasonably cool day with cloud cover. Bit of a breeze on arrival which picked up a bit and there was a light sprinkle when leaving the beach. This pair didn't appear very bothered at us being near them. Some interesting reading from the Department of Conservation: https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-an...

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2 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a month ago

Thanks Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 months ago

Wonderful. Holiday ?

armadeus.4
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armadeus.4

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Aug 26, 2021
Submitted on Aug 29, 2021

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