Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Perhaps the most outwardly distinctive of the dabbling ducks, the Northern Shoveler inhabits wetlands across much of North America. Its elongated, spoon-shaped bill has comblike projections along its edges, which filter out food from the water.
Male has a dark glossy green Head. Bill black. Back black. Chest white. Flanks and belly chestnut-brown. Eyes yellow. During the Eclipse Plumage its duller. Head and breast brownish black speckled with whitish or tan. Back black with tan feather edges. Flanks light brown. May show indistinct white crescent on face behind bill. Eyes yellow.
Female is Grayish-brown overall; some feathers have light edging with darker centers. Bill olive-green with yellowish base and edges. Eyes brown.
Keoladev Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Nikon | 400 mm | f/4 | ISO 100 | 1/2500 seconds