Bill Shoveler - Shoveler Duck - NZ by AndreaEL

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A day outing yesterday and my second encounter with Mr Shoveler, this time a closer look at his lovely shaped beak and beautiful markings.
The New Zealand shoveler Anas rhynchotis variegata, also known as kuruwhengi, is a subspecies endemic to New Zealand. It belongs to the Anatidae family and Anseriformes order of swans, geese and ducks. The male shoveler is New Zealand’s most handsome duck, with variegated plumage, blue-grey head with a white vertical stripe between the eye and bill, a striking reddish-brown breast, and blue wings. Nature has lavished more beauty on the male than the less attractive female. The female is more plainly embellished with cryptic brown similar to female mallards and grey ducks. This may be nature’s way of providing camouflage when she is nesting.
As a migrant from Australia, the New Zealand shoveler is a subspecies of the Australasian shoveler A. rhynchotis which occupies a large range. It does not approach the IUCN Red List threshold of population size, so it is listed as ‘least concern’. The other subspecies, the Australasian shovelerAnas rhynchotis rhynchotis, occurs in the southeastern and southwestern regions of mainland Australia, and in Tasmania.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Nov. 19th 2010
New Zealand Southland Queenspark

Bill Shoveler

They Call Me The Shoveler

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    lovely duck, love it

  • Thank you Lynn for your kind words and lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot and description.

  • Thank you John for your kind words and lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow look at that beak…never seen this duck before thanks…Renee

  • Thank you Renee for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 4 years ago

    Never saw one of these, they are a bit odd looking with that wide bill and mallard feathers! Cool capture!

  • Thank you Viv, they are rather strange, I appreciate your comment.

    – AndreaEL

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful duck and capture Andrea .. have never seen this one before!

  • Thank you Susie for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you Joyce for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    She’s a beauty. We have Northern Shovelers here and they are just a little different in the coloring. Great capture.

  • Thank you Bunny for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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