Story: Duck shooting

Australasian shoveler (4th of 4)

Australasian shoveler

The Australasian shoveler, also known as the ‘spoonie’, sifts fine insect life from the waters of wetlands through openings in the side of its spoon-shaped bill. The bird is only about half the size of a mallard, and flies rapidly and erratically, making it difficult to shoot.

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Harvey C. Perkins and Bob Gidlow, 'Duck shooting - History of duck hunting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17654/australasian-shoveler (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Harvey C. Perkins and Bob Gidlow, published 24 Nov 2008