Thursday, 2 May 2013

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata
2 May 2013

    This handsome male Northern Shoveler was photographed this evening at Columbia Lake. A spring and fall migrant in this area, this bird is fairly late to still be found here, and was a pleasant surprise. The pictures show very clearly the large, spatulate bill, whence the species gets its name.

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