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Kern County Cape Shelduck

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  • Walter Wehtje
    A hunter near Bakersfield bagged a Cape Shelduck yesterday as it flew out of an irrigation ditch. It s now at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 9, 2004
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      A hunter near Bakersfield bagged a Cape Shelduck yesterday as it flew out of
      an irrigation ditch. It's now at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural
      History, and I uploaded an image of it to the Calbirds website. While
      there's no doubt regarding the identity of the bird, it's source is more
      problematical. The bird had fresh plumage, no bands, and no signs of
      feather or soft part abrasion, so it's been out on its own for a while. Is
      this a common species among waterfowl fanciers? Are they often seen in the
      wild? It must have come from some collection/zoo, as there's no evidence
      the species could fly from South Africa to California. If anyone has any
      information regarding possible sources, please share your knowledge.

      Walter Wehtje
    • Luke Cole
      There was a Shelduck at Moran State Park in Sonoma County for a while a few years ago, they seem to turn up from time to time. Chances of natural origin are
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 10, 2004
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        There was a Shelduck at Moran State Park in Sonoma County for a while a few
        years ago, they seem to turn up from time to time. Chances of natural
        origin are from slim to none.

        Luke Cole
        San Francisco
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