Just called briefly at Lake Elterwater, South of Blenheim, and photographed what I believe is a Northern Shoveler. Was associating with Australasian Shovelers.
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Quite right Paul, that is a fine drake Northern Shoveller! Hope it stays till I'm back in Kaikoura in late October.
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Freezing cold wind driving up the lake this afternoon, two rafts of shovelers bobbing up and down on the waves (43 in total), appearing and disappearing. Went through them all carefully but no northern among them. Did see Sav's dabchick and 3 great crested grebes but no hoary-heads. At least with the temperature there was no heat haze to contend with.