Another species that I finally managed to get a little closer to during a recent walk in the park was the (Northern) Shoveler (Anas clypeata).
At a distance the male is easily recognisable by its broad white chest bordered by the chestnut coloured flanks and the distinctive front-heavy appearance that dominates this bird's silhouette both on the water and in flight.
The spatula shaped bill is an adaptation for the Shoveler's main feeding method of sieving or filtering. As if carrying a heavy weight the bill is rarely lifted far above the surface of the water except while defending territory in the breeding season when the male pumps his head up and down with the bill pointing slightly upwards.
This species prefers shallow water with plenty of edible particles in suspension so is often seen on freshwater marshes and lakes.