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Another duck that is far more common in winter and recognisable by the large beak and white colouring with rusty sides


 

Without being too personal that certainly is one almighty beak! That said, it is a really effective feeding tool.

The shoveler (Anas clypeata) does what it says on its label, shovelling its food up by taking in large amounts of water and filtering it out through the sides of that large beak and digesting what is left. Often, you will see little lines of them with the leader disturbing the water and the ones behind in its 'slip stream' benefiting from the stirred up water.

This is another duck that is far more common in Dorset in winter than summer with inward migration from the north where you will find them mainly on fresh water, especially in areas where there are reed beds or marshy areas. They particularly like scrapes on nature reserves and the North Hide at Radipole Lake is usually good for a dozen or so.

From a distance their mainly white colouring with rusty sides usually make them clearly identifiable


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Common Name Shoveler
Scientific Name Anas clypeata
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