A Most Unusual Duck

Sunday, November 13, 2016,


This rather odd looking duck with the ginormous bill is called a Northern Shoveler. It gets its name from that spectacular beak. That bill works as a sieve to filter plants, seeds, and small crustaceans from the water. That’s a pretty cool adaptation.

I took this pic yesterday during a Four Harbors Audubon walk at Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket. It’s a great park. There are many species that overwinter here. Lots of ducks that we don’t get to see during the summer. You might want to check it out. JK

2 thoughts on “A Most Unusual Duck

  1. Nice photo. In many past winters, I have seen many wintering ducks at Stump pond, Blydenburgh park in Smithtown. You might want to check it out for pintails, mergansers, etc.

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