Northern Shoveler ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Tucson, Arizona
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Northern Shoveler

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

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot! Beautiful detail!

  • Thank you so very much Lisa!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
  • Thank you Ray as always!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning capture of this beautiful drake

  • Thank you very much Hawker, I appreciate your visit Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Very nice catch of this Air Pump. What great details, including the foot with which he’s about to splash you royally. The new avatar is very good – but I thought your camera was permanently attached to your face… I am disillusioned……

  • LOL, I had it surgically removed just for the image…lmao! Thank you Sheila for noticing!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well captured … fascinating “interesting facts”!

  • I thought so as well Trish, many thanks!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture,…

  • Again, I thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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