To: Peter S Cranston <>
Subject: Shelduck
From: Rosemary Blemings <>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:35:01 +0000
Etymology, fascinating as ever. Thanks to all.
On 15/04/2017, at 8:00 AM, Peter S Cranston wrote:

As a child in UK I read or was told that the name shelduck derived from massed moulting grounds across the Channel - the estuary of the Scheldte / Schelde River.  Wiki does not confirm this
The Schelde estuary is now industrial and the major moult site (for hundred thousand +ducks) is on the Wadden Sea further north in Germany.

From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2017 7:01:10 AM
To: 'Canberra Birds'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Shelduck
Believe it or not, there is only one L in Shelduck. I thought it was Shellduck also. It took me a long time to notice. It is Shelduck...........
From: Lindell [ 
Sent: Friday, 14 April, 2017 1:54 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bungendore on Wednesday
As well as the 26 Plumed Whistling-Ducks on the dam wall there were 70 plus Australian Shellducks on the grass (and in the air) between the Trucking Yard dam and the smaller one behind it just up the road. Could only get these 70 in the lens! 2 also on the pond on the left up Lake Road.

Mawson ACT

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