Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 256 - Australasian Shoveler at Sunset

More shots from the hide at Edithvale for WBW this week.

Although many of the birds were keeping their distance on Sunday afternoon, a mixed group of ducks  spent the afternoon sorting out their feathers in the sunshine.  Towards the end of the afternoon the light took on a wonder golden colour and the ducks looked great.

Many of the ducks were Australasian Shovelers (Anas rhynchotis) - which can be identified by there large beak and (in the males) a blue/grey head.  There are also some Chestnut Teal and Eurasian Coots.

I went to the hide hoping to see the Shovelers, and they did not let me down.










As ever, to join in with WBW, just click the blue button below the thumbnails.  SM

20 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

those bills are something else. I wish we had them around here. Interested to hear how they got their name.

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, great captures of this pretty and interesting waders. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this meme. I'll link up tomorrow (Wednesday in South Africa) Greetings Jo

NatureFootstep said...

lovely to see your shovelers. And you are right. it is a wonderful light in your images :)

Findlay Wilde said...

Fantastic pictures. Sorry I haven't linked up for a while, I've been having lots of exams.

Gordon said...

Hi Stewart, as far as I can tell, the only resemblance to the UK Shoveler is the bill
All the best,Gordon.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Stewart, Great shots of your Australian Shoveler. I see they have the same bill as the Northern Shoveler I see here. Thanks for hosting, have a happy day and week ahead!

Nora said...

Hi Stewart, I love the large beaks on the Shoveler. We have a variety here with a large beak also. They are always dabbling in the water and difficult to get shots of. Great close up photos and nice colors on them. The light was just perfect and you must have been in the perfect location.

Marcia said...

There are some incredible reflections on your photos that make it all surreal. I had a hard time at first seeing the birds - the patterns took prominence . Lovely.

Mosura said...

Nice light! Did you see any Magpie geese? Looking at E-Bird it seems to be a good spot for them.

Rhodesia said...

Fascinating birds with a great shovelling beak :-) Love the reflections. Cheers Diane

Andrea Priebe said...

The only thing about your Shovelers and my Shovelers that is the same is the big honking bill,otherwise the coloring is totally different. Equally attractive, but I have to say I like the blue gray head on yours :) Our politics seem to go from bad to worse ... no hope of change. The Republicans a trying to pass a bill that will throw 23 million people off medical insurance while giving billionaires a huge tax break and that is just for starters. Australia is looking better every day :)Be well and appreciate what you have ... and fight for what you don't have :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

photodoug said...

Stewart, always a pleasure to view Shovelors. Thanks for sharing.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very nice photos in great light. The color of the wing patches is striking!

Missy George said...

Nice photos..Great reflections in the water..So clear..Attractive coloring. Substantial bills..Hope you are having a good week...

Linda said...

Sweet looking birds!

Mary Cromer said...

Fabulous, such beautiful feather colourations~

A Colorful World said...

Such beautiful photos, Stewart!

Dave Lewis said...

Great lighting! All I've seen lately around me are Mallards...I need to head to the wetlands!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Sooo beautiful pictures...

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures! Happy weekend!