Winter brings more ducks to local ponds and wetlands. A shallow reservoir near Ono Ramp in Ritto City attracts northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ), which are conspicuous with their huge spatulate bills. They feed on aquatic invertebrates by shoveling water and mud and straining out their food. Their feeding can be very energetic, as we can see in this short video.

Sometimes these ducks are quite shy, flying away when people pass along the edge of the pond.

Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ)
Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ)
Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ)
Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ)

Northern shovelers feed with their heads down, but sometimes they show their large bills.

Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ)
Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ)

See more photos in my Flickr photostream or one of my albums.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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