BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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NORTHERN SHOVELER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Although relatively common, I had never seen a northern shoveler before and couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this solitary shoveler in late November. Their spatula-shaped bills give them a distinctive and comical appearance. We went back to the same area in the reserve for several days in a row and saw him each time. However, when we returned after a snowfall to check on him he had left. Like other Canadian “snowbirds” he was headed south no doubt.

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29 thoughts on “NORTHERN SHOVELER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. These are great close-ups, so detailed, and I love the open (squawking, I presume?!) mouth!

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  2. That’s quite an impressive duck. Great images!

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  3. That shoveller’s got something to say. Great photos, Belinda.

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  4. Now I really like the top picture as we can see both eyes of the shoveler. I am always fascinated by the various expressions one can get of birds, depending on the angle of their eyes in an image 🙂

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  5. Fantastic photos of the northern shoveler! There’s whimsy in their big, wide bills and you captured it completely~~

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  6. I love to watch these silly ducks feeding – they go in circles.

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  7. I’m glad you got to see one. Their plumage is so beautiful. I’m sure he’s here now. We get them by the hundreds in the winter. 🙂

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  8. Nice capture of the many colors in this duck.

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  9. He looks a bit stern, like a school headmaster. 😉 Great catch!

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  10. Would love to see one of these in person.

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  11. I don’t think I have ever seen one. I will keep an eye out to see how far south they might go.

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  12. They are very delightful birds to observe. Great photos, especially the bottom one with his large shovel bill open.

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  13. Lovely shots. Not the bird we get in the UK I think, maybe this is another species or subspecies. A

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