Unusual duck at Sulphur Point Rotorua

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Unusual duck at Sulphur Point Rotorua

Postby Mike Vincent » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:46 pm

Can any one help me identify the duck I saw at Sulphur Point yesterday. It was bigger than a Scaup more mallard size, it was on it's own.
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Re: Unusual duck at Sulphur Point Rotorua

Postby Oscar Thomas » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:45 pm

If the underside of the tail is white it is a female White-eyed duck from Australia. But the bill doesn't look right to me so I would assume an abnormally large NZ scaup.
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Re: Unusual duck at Sulphur Point Rotorua

Postby Mike Vincent » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:50 pm

I'll go back tomorrow for another look.
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Re: Unusual duck at Sulphur Point Rotorua

Postby sav » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:39 pm

HI

It looks like a NZ Scaup to me. The bill and head-shape are wrong for White-eyed Duck.

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Re: Unusual duck at Sulphur Point Rotorua

Postby TheBirderman » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:30 pm

The best that I could think of would be the Blue-billed Duck from Australia, but it hasn't been seen in NZ before, not after European Settlement at least.

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