A very handsome, endemic waterfowl. Taken with zoom in late afternoon on a cloudy day, so not much light to work with. We had stopped to check out the Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge. It turned out to be out of our price range (by a factor of 5 or so), but while we were on the grounds we got our only look at this species, as well as our only good look at the native wood pigeon.
A male Paradise Shelduck looking after its progeny.
Male (black head) and female (second photo, white head).
The Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata) is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. It is a shelduck, a group of large goose-like birds which are part of the bird family Anatidae. The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl". Known to the Māori as Pūtangitangi, but now commonly referred to as the "Paradise duck", it is a prized game bird. Both the male and female have striking plumage: the male has...