With females having stunning white heads, and males looking pure black but really being a lovely bronze shade, Paradise Shelducks are sadly often overlooked because of their abundance in rural areas. Despite this, I think that once you pay attention to them, I'm sure you'll come to notice their beautiful plumage and fascinating behaviour. If you don't believe me, just go for a walk or a drive through the countryside, and there's a decent chance that you'll come back excited to vote for New Zealand's largest duck.
I've always been fascinated with the natural world, and after moving to New Zealand, I was amazed by the natural world on display. After getting into wildlife photography, I started spending much much more time with NZs birdlife, and (among others) became fascinated with Paradise Shelducks, and the question of why they weren't more popular. Hopefully, they'll finally get the recognition they deserve. #ParadiseShelduck2020