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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Here's another new (for me) kind of duck that I saw while out at Rithet's Bog the other day. The two birds on the left are a pair of Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) Ducks, especially characterized by that extra large bill. (The black and gray bird on the right is an American Coot.)


JoJo said...

Do you know the names of the birds you shoot off the top of your head when you shoot them? Or do you look them up when you get home?

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi JoJo - sometimes I have a pretty good idea of what they are from browsing through field guides in my spare time. Sometimes I go out looking for specific birds. But much of the time I don't know precisely what I've seen until I get home and go through the field guides while looking at the photos. However, once I've identified a bird or plant I usually remember it next time I see it.

Leif Hagen said...

Here's a great water fowl photo! Great capture of 3 bathing beauties!