Friday, March 22, 2019

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) - 22Nov2017 & 19Jan2019

A cool fact from the Cornell Website: "The bill of the Northern Shoveler is big (about 2.5 inches long) and shaped like a shovel, but that odd-shaped bill also has about 110 fine projections (called lamellae) along the edges that act like a colander, filtering out tiny crustaceans, seeds, and aquatic invertebrates from the water."

Here is one from New York near my parent's house:

This pair was photographed at Alligator National Wildlife Refuge, NC in 2019.

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