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1 hour ago, Trevor L. said:

Definitely not a shoveler. Female shovelers have more gray than orange in their bills. Definitely a Mallard, but whether it is an aberrant/domestic/etc, or just a lighting trick, I can’t say.

Thanks!  If it was a lighting trick, it was a good one, since I took the pictures because she looked gray to the naked eye, unlike the other Mallards I saw yesterday.  I didn't see any with her, though.

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On 1/13/2020 at 9:48 AM, Trevor L. said:

Definitely not a shoveler. Female shovelers have more gray than orange in their bills. Definitely a Mallard, but whether it is an aberrant/domestic/etc, or just a lighting trick, I can’t say.

Bill color in female Northern Shovelers, though variable, is typically dominated by orange:

https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=norsho&mediaType=p&sex=f&q=Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

Also note the caveats about sexing Northern Shovelers here.

However, the gray tertials contrasting paler with the rest of the upperparts coloration is a Mallard feature, but not a Northern Shoveler feature. The bill pattern is certainly uber typical of female Mallard.

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