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A spade is not a spade ... when it's a Shoveler!

By cats_123  
Good morning Epzers 😁...Still dark and cold... usually brightens up...

Another first of breed for me ...at our local nature reserve...

"Shovelers are surface feeing ducks with huge spatulate bills. Males have dark green heads, with white breasts and chestnut flanks. Females are mottled brown. In flight birds show patches of light blue and green on their wings. In the UK they breed in southern and eastern England, especially around the Ouse Washes, the Humber and the North Kent Marshes and in much smaller numbers in Scotland and western parts of England. In winter, breeding birds move south, and are replaced by an influx of continental birds from further north."

Have a great day and stay safe 😁

Tags: Duck Northern ireland Wildlife and nature Shoveler Kiltonga nature reserve Anas clypeata

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KingArthur 14 8 Malta
8 Jan 2021 8:46AM
Lovely shot

Joe Smile
8 Jan 2021 9:00AM
what it's really like to have a threesome...
lovely colours and detail, square format works fine too
🦆
saltireblue Plus
10 11.6k 71 Norway
8 Jan 2021 9:03AM
All that description, and at the end of the day it's still just a bird.WinkWink
8 Jan 2021 9:22AM
Unusual birds, havenít seen this type for a long time. Very beautiful image perhaps in a spatulate sort of way 🙂

Dave.
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
8 Jan 2021 11:16AM
Not easy to get, and you did well Jeff. Clearly seen Shoveler male. My award.
Ron
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2021 11:24AM
A great image JeffSmileSmileSmileSmile

Cliff
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
8 Jan 2021 12:33PM
I wouldn't recognise one if it came up and bit me on the leg! A fine capture of this trio, Jeff 😃👍🦆
Trev 😀
mac Plus
19 11 Scotland
8 Jan 2021 2:02PM
A nice group of our feathered friends! Well spotted and captured.
Ian
Fefe Plus
9 54 36 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2021 2:39PM
Lovely shot, great colours Grin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
8 Jan 2021 6:06PM
Excellent selective focus working well here!
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2021 6:12PM
Handsome birds indeed.Smile
ivor
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
8 Jan 2021 7:20PM
Superb clarity in this great image.
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
8 Jan 2021 11:56PM
Great title & great shot Jeff SmileSmile
Ian😎

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