Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Zealand Scaup 3

NZ Scaup.

On a sweltering day
To swim in a cool pool
Is a joyous pleasure

Scientific Name:
Aythya novaeseelandiae
General Information:
The New Zealand scaup, or papango, is an expert diver. Its legs are positioned towards the back of its body, which makes them clumsy on land but strong swimmers. This little duck can hold its breath for 20 seconds while it dives to a depth of 2–3m in see of fresh water snails and aquatic plants.
Endemic to New Zealand and found in deep freshwater lakes and ponds ~ Bernard

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