Northern Shoveler. April 5, 2013. Wolflake Fish Hatchery, Oshtemo, MI. We went out to Wolflake Hatchery yesterday between conference sessions and there were hundreds of ducks, coots, geese, and even a couple of swans out on the large pond. Among the many American Coots, Ring-Necked Ducks, and Buffins, was, as far as I could tell, one Northern Shoveler. It was beautiful. (This is a painting by Sharon Herman)
Northern Shoveler. I have one of these little guys out on my back pond this week. No female with him, and the mallard pair keeps harrassing him. He's quite a bit smaller than they are, but much prettier with his white breast...especially in reflections.