Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dabbling Ducks

A few pairs of dabbling ducks. Dabblers do not dive to feed. Instead, they tip over at the water surface with their heads underwater and their tails in the air.
Blue-winged teal, Anas discors. The male has a distinctive white crescent on the face. Click to enlarge. 
Northern shoveler ducks, Anas clypeata, famous for the large bill. The colorful male is on the right and behind the relatively drab but equally big-beaked female. 
The familiar mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos. The green-headed male has a clear yellow bill. 
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