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Aythya novaeseelandiae / New Zealand Scaup

Last Modified: 8-1-2021 19:24

New Zealand Scaup
New Zealand Scaup
© Christopher Cookson  License this image

New Zealand Scaup / Pāpango (Aythya novaeseelandiae) are a small black and brown duck endemic to New Zealand, found throughout the country. The birds have a distinctive yellow ring around their eye, and spend a considerable amount of time diving underwater. Scaup are common on still, or slow moving freshwater bodies and brackish or saltwater wetlands. In Marlborough, some of the locations scaup can be observed include the Wairau Lagoons, Taylor Dam, Grovetown Lagoon, and Lake Elterwater. Although considered non-migratory, scaup numbers can vary considerably at any given location, and may not always be present, as they are good flyers and will readily move around between nearby bodies of water.

This example was observed at Grovetown Lagoon.

Location: Latitude: -41.471027 Longitude: 173.974213

Image Date: 28/12/2020

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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