The World As We See It, Or As You Missed It …16 May 2011
Captured in the ditch near Oak Hammock Marsh north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada….Better seen fullscreen.
Canon XTi, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 OS AV 11.0 Tv Shutter Speed 1/500 IS0 200 Focal Length 480mm
The Northern Shoveler ( /ˈʃʌvələr/; Anas clypeata), sometimes known simply as the Shoveler, is a common and widespread duck. It breeds in northern areas of Europe and Asia and across most of North America. This species is unmistakable in the northern hemisphere due to its large spatulate bill. The breeding male has an iridescent dark green head, white breast and chestnut belly and flanks. In flight, pale blue forewing feathers are revealed, separated from the green speculum by a white border. In early fall the male will have a white crescent on each side of the face. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake resembles the female.
Info gleaned from Wikipedia