Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby AngryBird45 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:52 pm

Possibly just saw it at the northern end of the wetlands associating with male shovelers. The head was certainly different from other shovelers and looked greenish.
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby Adam C » Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:05 pm

Bird was in the Southern Pond at 3pm this afternoon along with great views of a Bittern. Angrybird you cant miss it when you see it! It took me ages to find today though as had checked north end and south pond twice. Finally popped out!
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby FraserGurney » Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:56 pm

Northern Shoveler was feeding at the southern end of the main Pegasus Wetland pond this afternoon. There was also a white heron at the edge of the pond and across SH1 at Kesteven Place 14 black-fronted dotterel were feeding in a flooded paddock at the end of the wetland.
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby andrewcrossland » Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:46 pm

That’s super interesting about the B/F Dotterels. Sounds like almost the entire Waipara river breeding population gathered there,
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby FraserGurney » Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:53 pm

Pretty cool to see, it's perfect habitat for them at the moment
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby Micah Pomare » Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:01 pm

Hey guys I saw this northern shoveler. It was a male with a group of Australasian shovelers, I saw it a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby AngryBird45 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:02 pm

OK, I realised I got it wrong. Saw the bird on Friday with the flock on the southern pond. Attached you can see a photo with the red spot marking where the Shoveler is.

P.S. Where is the bittern?
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby AngryBird45 » Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:45 pm

UPDATE: Latest sighting of the Northern Shoveler on 26 June, in the same spot. Unfortunately didn’t find it yesterday, could’ve been an oversight or the shoveler could have been at the northern end.
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby andrewcrossland » Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:29 pm

Hi team, any recent sightings of this bird? Once lockdown finishes it'll be worthwhile trying to track down Northern Shovelers around the country to see if ay are paired up (with Northern Shoveler females if any are here, or NZ Shoveler females?). If these birds switch to a Southern Hemisphere moult cycle then like White-winged Black Tern, there's a slight chance of breeding I would have thought?
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Re: Northern Shoveler, Pegasus, Canterbury.

Postby Bev Alexander » Mon Apr 25, 2022 1:40 pm

Hi All,
Saw the male Northern Shoveler at Pegasus this morning. It was on the same pond as first seen last year.( 0n the north side of the road to the Beach.). Where has it been since last year??
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