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Old 03-24-2008, 06:29 AM   #1
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Mallards are considered to be an invasive species in New Zealand which accounts for limits that often run from 30 to 50 mallards a day.

The paradise duck is interesting in that it is the only duck species where the hen is more colorful than the drake. In the following photo, that's the drake with the white-headed hen beyond it...

http://www.rosssea.info/pix/big/Paradise_ducks.jpg

Many New Zealand hunters consider their New Zealand shoveler drake to be the duck they would most want to get mounted...



In the New Zealand shoveler you can see a mix of features from the northern shoveler, the blue-winged teal, and the cinnamon teal, all of which are closely related.
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:31 AM   #2
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Our spoony season has been cut to one month as they think the population is in decline. I do not beleive it is or if it was in decline it had anything to do with hunter harvest??? I really value them as a gamebird, big open water with a salt laden gale wind and a spoonie travelling at Mach speed.....that is what I call waterfowling!
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Old 05-31-2008, 04:12 AM   #3
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Our spoony season has been cut to one month as they think the population is in decline. I do not beleive it is or if it was in decline it had anything to do with hunter harvest??? I really value them as a gamebird, big open water with a salt laden gale wind and a spoonie travelling at Mach speed.....that is what I call waterfowling!
Normally its a habitat issue rather than over harvest.

Shovelers are mostly top feeders so they seldom pick up spent lead shot so that shouldn't be the problem. Our northern Shoveler population here is increasing each year.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:00 AM   #4
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defintely a cool looking duck ............. they any good tablefare ???????
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:26 PM   #5
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Delicious!!!
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:29 AM   #6
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the link looks like a coot / snow goose & spoonie cross
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