Northern Shovelers ~ In Flight by Kimberly Chadwick
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FEATURED in A Vision of Flight 4-25-10

Sweetwater Wetlands
Tucson Arizona, March 2010

This (dabbling) duck breeds mostly in the interior West,nesting on well-vegetated, shallow freshwater lakes with muddy edges. They winter in freshwater and some brackish habitats in the southern and coastal U.S. and Mexico.

To eat, they sift mud and water with their bill, straining out tiny invertebrates and plant matter.

The Shoveler is the most territorial of all North American dabblers.

Voice Males sound like an air pump. A nasal thk or thk-thk. Females: a gabbling quack, often doubled, rougher, and deeper than other teal.

Appearance: Males; green head, white breast, and rusty sides. Females; similar to female teal, but with larger bill, more contrasting plumage.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Northern Shoveler was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • They are often referred to as the “Spoonbill” or “Spoony” because of their unique spatulate shaped bill, which has about 110 fine projections (called lamellae) along the edges, for straining food from water.
  • Socially, they occasionally work together in groups while feeding, rotating like a pin-wheel, stirring up the surface water and skimming it for food particles.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a “brace”, “flush”, “paddling”, “raft”, and “team” of ducks.

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Comments

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Well timed and brilliant freezing of the action, Kimberly! So difficult to get right, but you did it!!! ;o)

  • A lot of luck again I will say, but isn’t that what its all about ..lol. Thank you Krys!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago
    magnificent capture
  • Thank you Kathy very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 4 years ago

    Great action shot! They look fantastic!

    Gabe :)

  • I was pleased with this one I will admit. Thanks my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodover 4 years ago

    This image has been Featured in A Vision of Flight :)

  • Thank you so much for my first feature in this group! I appreciate that !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this image.

  • It was a surprise for sure, thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 4 years ago

    Wow I love it!!

  • Thank you , I was please that it came out at all!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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