Thursday, April 8, 2010

Winter's Ending Water Fowl

As winter comes to a close (maybe?), the water fowl move back north. Of course, they stop in Chicago for a little while to enjoy our harbors and marinas before the boaters come back.

This interesting looking bird is a White Winged Scoter. I love the swooshy eye marking and the way the water beads up on its back.

This is a Northern Shoveler, named, I presume, because of that beak that looks like it could plow some streets in the winter, too.

A pair of Northern Shovelers doing what they do best: shoveling the water for lunch.

1 comment:

  1. I have never seen either one of these birds before! Thanks for sharing.