Blue Ducks in Wellington?

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Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby AlfieB77 » Wed Nov 09, 2022 7:58 pm

Hello everyone, i was wondering where would be the best place to see wild blue ducks near Wellington? Apparently someone just saw 2 at Zealandia, but im not sure if that’s believable. I also know that there is some captive at nga manu in Waikanae, but I don’t know of any wild ones near here. Any information appreciated.

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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby Jan » Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:17 am

Hi Alphie, I seem to remember the whio at Zealandia were translocated there, but they may be a breeding population now. Someone else will know better than me?
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby Wrybill » Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:05 am

Up nga Manu maybe but the better bet would be up ruapehu area
thats where ive seen them. see photo records are sporadic and old so i don't think there are many if any there could be One up otaki gorge but the roads closed so unlikely the best bet i'm sorry is up ruapehu or ruatiti area near raetihi or some up ruahine ranges.
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby Wrybill » Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:07 am

Ruapehu ruatiti area is best for them

However i'm not sure about the zealandia ones though sorry
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby Jim_j » Sun Nov 13, 2022 12:33 pm

I have never heard of Blue Duck being released in Zealandia - I'm sure it would have in the news or on their website if that was the case.
The streams there would be marginal habitat at best.
The easiest place close to Wellington (outside of captivity) is Turangi - there are a good number of birds along the Tongariro river reasonably easily spotted from the walkway and various bridges

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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby AlfieB77 » Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:54 pm

6 blue ducks were spotted there on Wednesday
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby SomesBirder » Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:03 pm

They would probably be male pāpango.
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby Oscar Thomas » Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:53 pm

Yep I agree, almost certainly misidentified NZ scaup/pāpango. The chances of blue ducks in Zealandia are extremely slim, considering they are an endangered species that is not found anywhere nearby, and not very dispersive nor migratory. They have definitely never been released there.
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby AlfieB77 » Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:59 pm

I agree, but the descriptions from both eBird sightings say otherwise.
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Re: Blue Ducks in Wellington?

Postby Byrd » Sun Nov 13, 2022 9:13 pm

Do you have links to these two checklists with Blue Ducks?

There are all sorts of dodgy species listed under Zealandia on ebird, including things like Brown Quail, Spotted Dove, Golden Pheasant, Wild Turkey, and Tomtit. Blue Duck seems like one of the dodgiest.

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