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Did I Win The Diving Contest? - Black Teal Duck - Queenstown NZ by AndreaEL
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The New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) commonly known as a Black teal, is a diving duck species of the genus Aythya. It is endemic to New Zealand. In Maori commonly known as papango, also matapouri, titiporangi, raipo, Overall dark brown/black colours. The male has a striking yellow eye and a dark coloured (greenish) head. The female is similar to the male, but without the yellow eye and has a white face patch during breeding season. A white wing bar can be seen in both sexes when in flight. They are a diving duck and may stay down for twenty to thirty seconds and go down three metres to look for aquatic plants, small fish, water snails, mussels and insects. It is sometimes seen with the Australian Coot (Fulica atra); it is thought that the Scaup takes advantage of the food stirred up by the Coots as they fossick for shrimp. Found throughout both North and South islands of New Zealand in deep freshwater lakes and ponds. Unlike other members of this genus this scaup is not migratory, although it does move to open water from high country lakes if they become frozen in winter.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Queenstown Lake New Zealand May 2011

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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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful photo Andrea. Lovely job. BB

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Brenda

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Awesome, the black on the shimmering water is excellent. Love the title, that is what if looks like it is saying!

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • Sheridan Farrow
    Sheridan Farrowabout 3 years ago

    Lovely image, I love tha movement of the water. Fab!!

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Sheridan

    – AndreaEL

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonabout 3 years ago

    Lovely shot Andrea.

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Dorothy

    – AndreaEL

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 3 years ago

    Wonderful reflections and colours

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Shulie

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    he’s gorgeous Andrea xx

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Lynn

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Great capture. He’s a beauty.

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Bunny

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Well, I viewed larger, and those eyes cracked me up! Wonderful title and shot. It’s a beauty along with the water. A fave. -Judy

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment & Fave Judy, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Love his expression!

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment, very much appreciated Dot

    – AndreaEL

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