Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Male Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) at Marais de Sionnet, Switzerland. Not baited. Not called in.

Male Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) at Marais de Sionnet, Switzerland. Not baited. Not called in.

Northern Shovelers have a particularly long bill. Spoon-shaped and with comb-like projections along the edges. It allows these beautiful and unique ducks to filter out food from the water very efficiently.

This very unique beak is also the best to identify quickly this species.

JAG