The shoveler duck, also known as the ‘spoonie’, feeds in wetland waters, sifting fine insect life through comb-like lamellae in the side of its spoon-shaped bill. The bird is only about half the size of the mallard. It flies rapidly and erratically, making it difficult for hunters to shoot.
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Photograph by Peter E. Smith
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