Is this a female Australasian Shoveller ?

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Jim Kirker
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Is this a female Australasian Shoveller ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:06 pm

At Waiatarua wetland today - not sure if it is a mallard grey duck hybrid or a shoveller. Help with id please.
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Duck at Waiatarua wetland 21/11/19
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SomesBirder
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Re: Is this a female Australasian Shoveller ?

Postby SomesBirder » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:17 pm

It's a mallard-grey duck hybrid. It would be highly abnormal for a female Australasian shoveler to have such a dark eye-stripe.
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Ian Southey
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Re: Is this a female Australasian Shoveller ?

Postby Ian Southey » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:52 pm

Not even close to a Shoveler but a young bird (short wings) so looks a bit odd. With the short but clear cream stripe from the bill to the eye it could even be at the dark end of the Grey Duck range but can't see the legs or the speculum to be sure.

Ian
Jim Kirker
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Re: Is this a female Australasian Shoveller ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:34 pm

Thank you both. The legs were dark and I did not see the speculum. It was up ending like others in the pond, which I guess is not typical shoveller behaviour.

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