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Northern Shoveler Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: A common but unique-looking bird in South Dakota, my favorite photo is of a drake Northern Shoveler, taken on April 26th, 2019 on the Fort Pierre National Grasslands in central part of the state. With plumage that has both black and white feathering, and a green head that only really "shines" in the right light, it's tough to get both a good exposure and good representation of the coloring of these guys, but I think this photo does a pretty good job.

Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata

Northern Shoveler 1 - Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 2 - Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 3 - Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 4 - Spatula clypeata 

Northern Shoveler 1

April 24th, 2011

Western Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 2

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 3

March 22nd, 2009
Henderson Bird Preserve, Nevada

Northern Shoveler 4

August 15th, 2005
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 5 - Spatula clypeata 

Northern Shoveler 6 - Spatula clypeata 

Northern Shoveler 7 - Spatula clypeata 

Northern Shoveler 8 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 5

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 6

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 7

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 8

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 9 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 10 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 11 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 12 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 9

May 2nd, 2010
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
 

Northern Shoveler 10

May 2nd, 2010
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
  

Northern Shoveler 11

April 1st, 2012
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Northern Shoveler 12

April 24th, 2011

Western Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Northern Shoveler 13 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 14 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 15 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 16 - Spatula clypeata

Northern Shoveler 13

March 31st, 2012
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Northern Shoveler 14

May 17th, 2013
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
   

Northern Shoveler 15

April 26th, 2019
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota
  

Northern Shoveler 16

April 23rd, 2020
Lincoln County, South Dakota
  

Click here for the species description page for the Northern Shoveler.


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