It is unusual for me to see Paradise Shelducks in the central city but apparently they are sometimes seen. It was a pair (as usual) on the footpath next to what is now a grassed area. The Avon River is a few hundred metres to the north of where I sighted the shelducks. They seemed unperturbed by the rush hour traffic.
One the fire pond by the Godley Head carpark.
Three ship formation.
Eating grass on playing field.
Grazing in pasture with a few feral geese
On ground, in paddock in a damp looking area. Calling, later joined by mate.
Pair and six chicks
A mixed flock of some 20 putangitangi in the Ashley riverbed courting and displaying.
Crappy shot but helpful for Id in the sky. Female in middle flanked by 2 Males.
Not the big black things. Look behind, to the right.
On a wee isle at the other side of the lake saw this Paradise Duck Family.
That's right grahame. Dad is 'on duty' while mum has 'time out'.
(Female parry has multi-colored feathers and a white head.)
In the river at the entrance
same pair (presumably), same place as reported a few weeks ago
Transect from bend in road to bridge 20m on each side. We saw two Paradise Shelducks.
Partly cloudy, little wind
40 meter transect. Looked to the left of the track. Saw 7 individuals.
Like the pukeko also recorded on this date, the putangitangi at travis are also well into courting behaviour and this pair seem to have marked out the flooded paddocks on the east side of the track opposite the main ponds as where they might nest. In spite of a large group of school children visiting these guys stood their ground and defended their territory with poses and calls.