Cape Shoveler

Anas smithii (near-endemic)

This near endemic species is easily distinguished from other ducks by its long, spatulate bill.

We first recorded this unique looking bird in March 2010 while visiting Wakkerstroom’s wetlands for the first time. Marievale Bird Sancturay is an excellent location to see and photograph this species.


Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / August 2018 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / August 2018 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / August 2018 Cape Shoveler / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni Pan, South Africa / 05 January 2016 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / August 2018 Cape Shoveler / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni Pan, South Africa / 05 January 2016 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 November 2012 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / August 2018 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / August 2018 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 13 July 2013 Cape Shoveler – male & female / Leisure Island, Knysna, South Africa / 10 July 2011 Cape Shoveler / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni Pan, South Africa / 05 January 2016 Cape Shoveler / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni Pan, South Africa / 05 January 2016 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 13 July 2013 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 13 July 2013 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 November 2012 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 13 July 2013 Cape Shoveler – male & female / Leisure Island, Knysna, South Africa / 10 July 2011 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 23 August 2013 Cape Shoveler / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 13 July 2013
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