Australian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis rhynchotis)

Click on any photo to open in a new window and click again to see full detail.lovewillbringustogether - Australian Shoveler1The Australian Shoveler Duck is a member of the Spatula genus of the Family Anatidae.

Spatula, of course, being the name of that long, flat cooking utensil which bears a passing resemblance to this fellows long beak. 🙂

lovewillbringustogether - Australian Shoveler2Caught mid-scratch!

lovewillbringustogether - Australian Shoveler3Getting along swimmingly with a Pacific Black Duck, which, yes – is brown in colour! 😉

There is a considerable difference in bill size… though they say size does not matter?

Personally, i think the size of one’s bill is very important – i don’t like getting ripped off. 😉





    • So happy to share ‘mine’ with you Janet!

      This one was a rarity for me, although they are not all that uncommon in Australia and New Zealand and have relatives all over. 🙂

      He did seem to be the only one of his kind on the lake though?


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