Birds of Yukon: The Northern Shoveler

DSC_0024Here is (what I believe to be) a Northern Shoveler which is named after its huge beak. The duck flies a great distance to spend summers in Yukon’s marshes. It can winter in South America and Africa. 

Strangely enough this bird is a female and yet it has a yellow eye. The Peterson Field Guide to birds shows only male shovelers with a yellow eye instead of a black one. 

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