|Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
February / March 2006
The Australian Shelduck is distributed in south-west and south-east Australia including Tasmania. It is found in shallow lakes and billabongs where there are scattered trees nearby. It tends to winter on larger lakes, estuaries and coasts.
|The male is black with a buffy-chestnut breast and a white ring round the neck. The female is similar but the breast is a richer chestnut and it has a white eye-ring and white at the base of the bill. In photo 1, the female is on the right.
In flight, it shows a large white panel on the leading edge of the wing just in front of a petrol green speculum.
|It was difficult to get close to these birds as they took flight as soon as they noticed my presence.|