BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

NORTHERN SHOVELER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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What a splendid looking duck! I’ve only seen a northern shoveler this one time and if I don’t get the opportunity again, I feel pretty lucky to have seen one just this once. He was swimming on his own in a quiet inlet, enjoying some duckweed as we walked by. I like to think he had some company on his flight south, perhaps his mate was swimming out of view.

27 thoughts on “NORTHERN SHOVELER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. He is a beauty! Very good capture, Belinda.

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  2. I had never seen one until recently, a few shots, but none like these. Very nice.

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  3. Handsome duck! I’m also from the UK and yes, do see them here, but I don’t think I ever have on my travels around North America. They do have the most amazing bills…you’d think they’d overbalance and topple out of the sky when trying to fly!

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  4. I do love these water birds. Great shots, Belinda!

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  5. What a beautiful duck, Belinda. Love his bill and coloring. Great shots.

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  6. There’s speculation that a duck came to be called a duck because of the way the bird ducks under the water. It’s clear why a shoveler came to be called a shoveler.

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  7. There was one of these shovelers in my garden a few years back, it ate up all the frogspawn in the watery area… beautiful looking bird though, amazing iridescent greens… as soon as it saw me it flew off!

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  8. That shaped beak must surely give rise to the name – it looks enormous and strong!

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  9. OMGosh! You’re making me feel bad. Shovelers are another bird we have lots of every Winter. So many that over the years I’ve pretty much ignored them when birding all the while hoping to see less common visitors. Of course I hope their numbers don’t diminish…ever!

    Your excitement about seeing these is wonderful! So are your images as always. 🙂

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  10. Looks like he’s been shoveling through the muck in the pond bottom. Beautiful plumage.

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  11. Beautiful pictures – this is the Shoveler we see here.

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  12. That was a neat find, Belinda! The second image really shows him off.

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  13. Splendid ducks very common in the UK, lovely shots Belinda.

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  14. Great shots, but i don’t want to be seeing water at the moment! 🙂 It’s been raining here nonstop and the Iroquois River that we live on is rising to around 23 feet over normal. 16 ft over normal is flood stage. Our house is probably going to be OK but a lot of neighbors’ houses, especially to the south, will get flooded, unfortunately.

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