Northern Shoveler at Miranda

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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Liam Ballard » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:14 am

Shoveler showing right now on the shellbank... Second time lucky!!!
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Grahame » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:09 pm

Paul tells me that the N Shoveler has beenat the end of the shell bank all day.
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Grahame » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:25 pm

Paul G tells me that one Northern Shoveler was moving inside and outside theshellspit. The usual five juv or hybrid Black Stilts were still present
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby phil hammond » Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:59 pm

1 Northern drake, together with an Aus drake and an unidentified female flew into the creek in front of the biggest hide at 3pm yesterday. There were a handful of Aus elsewhere

For some of the time it was out of view down in the creek, at other times showing well.

After that it was out beyond the spit with 5 or 6 Aus drakes and a female. At all times it was bobbing it's head up and down and we were discussing whether it was trying to impress the female, dispute with the drakes, or something else---any comments?

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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Nigel Milius » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:21 am

Northern Shoveler showing nicely with the locals off the shell banks at Miranda at first light this morning. Beautiful sunrise over the Coromandel too! Nigel Milius and Wendy Hare
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Clinton9 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:18 pm

Strangely this one lonely Northern shoveler drake had not migrated back to Asia, while all 4 Northern shovelers had gone back to Asia, with most Northern shovelers in eclipse plumages this month.
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Grahame » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:08 pm

The Northern Shoveler was showing well just off the end of the shell bank this morning
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Clinton9 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:30 pm

Male Northern shovelers start to moult into eclipse plumages on May, and are in eclipse plumages on June and on July they shed their flight feathers.
The eclipse plumages last from June to September.

There is no such thing as male adult Northern Shoveler with breeding plumage on July.
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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby sav » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:13 am

Hi all,

So, Clinton has just highlighted a point that I want to follow up. Clearly there IS "such a thing as ........" but not in the Northern hemisphere where they normally are.

There was another one (a smart drake in full breeding plumage) in Australia last week, and all of the recent NZ records have been in plumage that would not occur in the North at the time that they were seen in NZ/Aus.

What's going on? To have a sinlge bird of any species transition from Northern to Southern hemisphere moult timing is unusual, but Northern Shoveler is a rare bird down here and so to have so many individuals appparently swap allegience is unheard-of.

Any thoughts??

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Re: Northern Shoveler at Miranda

Postby Ian Southey » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:39 pm

I think we have umpteen exotic species that show normal responses to daylength still happen in an abnormal situation. What really surprises me is why northern shorebirds don't (usually) follow suit.

At this time of year there could also be mating activity ... any sign yet?

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