Northern Shovelers feeding in Blackwater NWR freshwater marsh
An Audubon field guide marks the Chesapeake Bay as the Northern Shovelers northern-most wintering range. During our recent visit to Blackwater we found a small flock dabbling in one of the freshwater marsh impoundments. This is a species that I have encounterd only once in my home area so to encounter them here was a special photo opportunity for me.
The shovelers were so engaged in feeding that it nearly every frame I captured had numerous ducks tipping.