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Kuruwhengi - Australasian shoveler - Anas rhynchotis | by Steve Attwood
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Kuruwhengi - Australasian shoveler - Anas rhynchotis

Photographed at Travis Wetland, Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Australasian shovelers are sexually dimorphic. The males are highly coloured most of the year, when they have a blue-grey head and neck with a distinctive white crescentic band at the base of its large spatulate black bill. The breast is a mottled brown and white after breeding but becomes progressively pure white as the nuptial moult proceeds during May. Its chestnut flank is offset by a large white patch at the tail base. The eye is yellow and the legs bright orange. Females are uniformly mottled light brown with dull brown bill and eye, and brown-orange legs. In flight Australasian shovelers have a distinctive profile with a ridiculously large bill, sharp pointed wings and very rapid wingbeats. The blue, white and green patches on the upper wing contrast with the white underwing." - www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz

 

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Taken on June 11, 2016