You can get yourself into all kinds of trouble if you start talking about what bird is your favourite - and if I had to wade into the pool of troubled water, the Shoveler would be very near the top of my list.
The Shoveler or Northern Shoveler depending on mood and geographic location is a splendid duck with a huge beak (or bill!) that never fails to bring a smile to my face. They sit low in the water, and this sunken look and that huge beak make them easy to spot, even at a distance. Lucky this bird, which was seen from the Loons Hide on Orkney, was not too distant.
The Shoveler (Anas clypeata) is wide spread in the Northern Hemisphere - and we have a similar species in Australia, which, one day, I hope will feature in WBW.
I am struggling with comments at present. I'll keep posting until the fog clears - with a priority for WBW. Cheers SM.
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