Monday, February 19, 2018

Northern Shoveler

I got one very poor picture of a northern shoveler duck at Merritt Island in Florida. But because it is a new species for me, I am posting it. 
The northern shoveler has a distinctive spatulate (spoon-shaped) bill. The male is quite spectacular in breeding season with a green head, like a male mallard, and cinnamon sides. The male and female in non-breeding season look a lot a like. This one is either a female or a non-breeding male. 

1 comment:

  1. That's a weirdly-shaped bill. I'd like to see it from above.