Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Northern Shovelers: Blackwater NWR

 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.

8 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the Shovelers!

TexWisGirl said...

love the dabbling ducks.

Larry Ostby said...

Now that is what I call bottoms up. Terrific shots Coy.

Bearly Alyssa said...

Look at the SCHNOZZ on those guys and gals!

heyBJK said...

Gotta love all the butts in the air at once!

Elaine said...

Fun photos! The shovelers spend some time here in the summer.

Montanagirl said...

That's a lot of "fannies" !! Great shots.

Eliane da Fé said...

Love animals are beautiful