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Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Northern Shoveler
copyright Richard Ditch
Length: 19 in. (48 cm)
The huge distinctive bill of this duck is used to noisily strain small plants and animals from the water's surface of small ponds and shallow marshy lakes. In wintering areas, small groups of shovelers will feed close together perhaps in a mutually beneficial behavior of herding prey together. The nest is a depression filled with grass in short grass near the edge of water. This species also occurs across much of Europe, Africa and Asia. The four-digit banding code is NSHO.

Open water
Open water

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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