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Northern shoveler

Anas clypeata

Description:

During a nature outing with other birders, we saw large flocks of various ducks. These Northern shovelers were among them; I find them quite distinctive with their large, unique bills, which have comb-like projections on the edges that help them filter seeds and little crustaceans from the wetlands where they feed.

Habitat:

North Atlantic coastal area

Notes:

The colorful shoveler is the male and the second photo shows his female companion with more subdued colors

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3 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 months ago

I've never seen one of these amazing ducks before. The name is so appropriate. Wonderful spotting, Maria.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 months ago

Don't know if I have a favorite duck but these are really cool to see!

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 8 months ago

I love shovelers, my favourite duck.

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jan 18, 2020
Submitted on Feb 7, 2020

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