|To:||Con Boekel <>, Canberra Birds <>|
|Subject:||Paradise Shelduck flying inverted (off topic)|
|From:||"calyptorhynchus ." <>|
|Date:||Sun, 16 Apr 2017 01:54:31 +0000|
I have seen it in Common Teal (in the UK), but not in any Australian sp, it is not uncommon when a flocks is descending for some birds to tumble and the odd one to turn upside down. Possible explanations:1. They hit turbulence and it's easier to tumble and turn upside down than to maintain a controlled descent.
On 16 April 2017 at 09:12, Con Boekel <> wrote:
We recently visited NZ for a family wedding and were privileged to get some good views of Paradise Shelduck. Several of you got views of the male (vagrant?) on the coast down near Nowra recently. They have beautiful detail in the plumage. The attached image, which is of poor quality, shows something I have yet to see in any other duck. There are three birds. The bird in front is a female. The two behind her are males. The three had been engaged in a very, very rapid descent towards a large flock gathered in a dairy farm paddock. The female is upside down. Did she lose control? Was it deliberate?
I want to be with the 9,999 other things.
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