from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of sheldrake.
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On the way back I ran into a little bay where a mother shelldrake was teaching her brood to dive and catch trout.
Musquash knows well that when a young loon, or a shelldrake, or a black duck, is caught in the open like that, he always tries to get back where his mother hid him when she went away.
Once, on the coast, I saw a shelldrake tying in vain to fly against the wind, which flung rudely among some tall reeds near me.
This beautiful species of shelldrake, though not numerous, has a wide range, extending from the richmond river to Cape York.
It will, however, live in an inland situation, provided it is fed with periwinkles and other shell-fish, and hence it was originally called the shelldrake.