Drake Shoveler


There was a nervous drake Shoveler today on a local urban fishing lake. The low sun made its beautiful breeding plumage almost glow, with the green iridescence of its head and rump very visible. Shovelers are quite small ducks, which feed on tiny aquatic invertebrates, zooplankton. They get these animals from the water with their oversized, shovel-like bill, which contains a filtering device looking a bit like a fine comb. A relatively quick sketch with pencil and watercolour on the tablet.


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