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Northern Shoveler Ducks

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Northern Shoveler Ducks were spotted a few weeks ago with the huge flock of White Pelicans, Seagulls, and Double Crested Cormorants at a local golf course water hazard pond.  The Northern Shovelers have that distinctive long broad shovel-like bill.  They are medium-sized ducks and are migratory here.

Drakes are often brighter in color than the hens, and most drakes have a darker head that is often greenish brown or greenish purple.  The ducks use their big bills to dabble in the mud for insects, worms, snails, and vegetation.  They are quite similar to the Mallards in their feeding habits. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Northern Shoveler Ducks" (6)

  1. i like these bill-heavy ducks.

  2. The Northern shovelers are handsome ducks with pretty colors. Great photos. Have a happy day!

    • Hi Eileen, I had seen a few of these ducks up where I used to live in TN so I was especially pleased to see a few here. They are from places up North and to the East likely. Have a super nice week and I hope your area did OK in the stormy weather and snow.

  3. They are interesting! I’ve not seen any here.

    • Hi Montucky, I expect that these are Mid-west and Eastern US ducks with migration through the South. I hope you get to see these ducks somewhere as they are neat ducks. Have a fantastic day tomorrow!

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