|Australasian Shoveler Spatula rhynchotis
(aka Anas rhynchotis)
|Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
The Australasian Shoveler is distributed in western and eastern Australia including Tasmania and in New Zealand. It is found on lakes, wetlands, coastal inlets, etc.
|It has a very large, dark bill. The male has a vertical whitish crescent in front of the eye, a yellow eye, chestnut flanks and a white mark on the flank. These males appear to be entering eclipse plumage when colours are much more subdued and the white flank mark disappears. Females are mottled brown with a pale eye-ring.|