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  South African Shelduck

 

Tadorna cana

(103) 63 cm; 1,25 kg

SEXES  M > F. More richly coloured than Egyptian Goose and with black (not red) bill and legs; lacks eye and breast patches and has different head and neck pattern. In flight both sexes show white forewing.

M  All-grey head and neck diagnostic.

F  Variable amount of white on face.

JUV  Resembles M but duller with browner head and neck, and brown on white wing cov­erts.

STATUS  Locally common endemic; widespread movements recorded.

HABITAT  Most inland waters, especially in semi-arid regions.

FOOD  In winter, mainly crop seeds and algae, supplemented by insects and crustaceans in summer.

CALL  Loud nasal honk by M, slightly higher pitched hank by F, often as duet in flight.

BR  Monogamous. Nests in disused Aardvark burrows.

 

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Ssa001

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ssa002

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ssa003

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ssa004

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

 

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