Flying Northern Shoveler

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Flying Northern Shoveler

Male Northern Shoveler in full breeding plumage taking off with a splash!   A bit of a funny-looking duck with that big beak maybe, he is still beautiful.  This one evidently decided it was time to go, and off he took!  Photo taken in January, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

From Cornell Labs:  “The bill of the Northern Shoveler is about 6.5 cm (2.5 inches) long. The bill has has about 110 fine projections (called lamellae) along the edges, for straining food from water.  Northern Shoveler pairs are monogamous, and remain together longer than pairs of other dabbling duck species.”

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