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Saturday, December 2, 2017

PARADISE SHELDUCKS, ZEELANDIA SANCTUARY, WELLINGTON, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   The Paradise Shelduck in the first two photos is a female and in the last two photos a male.  We can ID the duck in the first two photos as a female Paradise Shelduck by its goose-like  appearance, white head and upper neck and a bright orange-chestnut body.
   We can ID the duck in the last two photos as a male Paradise Shelduck by its goose-like appearance, glossy black head and neck, finely barred grey body and orange-chestnut tertials.
   The Paradise Shelduck is endemic to New Zealand and is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 742.