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Northern shoveler

Anas clypeata


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.


North Atlantic coastal area


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

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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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