Northern Shoveler

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Subject: Northern Shoveler
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:25:17 +0000
I and others were watching it from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. mostly just on the 
other side of the reed bank in front of Cygnus hide. Although the half hour 
before that I looked for it without success.

-----Original Message-----
From: Con Boekel 
Sent: Thursday, 12 September, 2019 2:29 PM
To: canberrabirds chatline
Subject: Northern Shoveler

The bird was roosting when I arrived at about 8.30 am. It briefly
entered the water when chased from the roost by a Purple Swamphen but
the bird immediately returned to its roost.

At 11 am it entered the water and swam eastwards until it reached the
entrance to the channel between the reedbeds. After a small number of
feeding attempts it swam back to the roost.

Shortly after 12 noon it again entered the water. It engaged in the
following displays while in the presence of Australasian Shovelers: wing
flap, head bob, bill stabbed forward, bill flicked sideways and short
flight/water bomb. The Australasian Shovelers did at least the bill
flick sideways and the head bob displays during these interactions. The
birds then moved towards the western end of Kelly's and began feeding.

The bird returned to its roost shortly before 1 pm which is when I too
returned to my roost in Turner.



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