Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Species
Shoveller (Anas clypeata). Drake. Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk, on October 24th 2015.
Drake. Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk, on October 24th 2015.
(1/640th sec at f7.1. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Shoveller (Anas clypeata). Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on October 29th 2013.
Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on October 29th 2013.
(1/400th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 44 - 52 cm; WS: 73 - 82 cm

This species is unmistakable owing to its large spatulate bill. The breeding male has a green head, white breast and chestnut belly and flanks. In flight, pale blue forewing feathers are revealed, separated from the green speculum by a white border. The females is light brown, with plumage much like a female Mallard, but easily identified by the long broad bill.

In Britain the Shoveler breeds in southern and eastern England, especially around the Ouse Washes, the Humber and the North Kent Marshes, and in much smaller numbers in Scotland and western parts of England. In winter, breeding birds move south, and are replaced by an influx of continental birds from further north.

It breeds on shallow, eutrophic lakes with rich vegetation, or marshes with sufficient open water.

There are between 1000 and 1500 breeding pairs in the UK. Around 18000 birds spend the winter here.

Its conservation status is amber, owing to the UK being home to more than 20% of the NW European population.

Sightings

09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (20+)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4+)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (48)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (10+)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon

04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (4+)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4m)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (10)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (12)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5+)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (7+)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
27-Apr-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1m,1f)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (12)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (8)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)

22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1f)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (9)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (4)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (4)
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (10+)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (8)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (5+)

06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (4)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6+)
20-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (100+)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4+)