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Sunday, December 3, 2017

NONBREEDING BROWN TEALS, ZEELANDIA SANCTUARY, WELLINGTON, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   These two ducks were both sleeping, so we could not see their bills.  However, we can still ID this duck as a nonbreeding Brown Teal by its conspicuous white eyering around a dark brown eye, all brown color, dark brown on head and upperparts and lighter brown on breast.
   The Brown Teal is endemic to New Zealand and is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 743.