Friday, July 21, 2017

Female Shell Duck

Female Shell Duck.NZ

Glistening in evening sun
Masked for evening soiree
Ready for some fun

Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head.
Paradise shelducks breed only in New Zealand and are widely distributed in pasture, tussock grasslands and wetlands throughout the mainland and offshore islands. ~ Bernard

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