Ducks on the Ter

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Although their natural habitat is the ponds and flooded rice fields of the Park, various species of duck also stop in the sections of the lower stretch of the Ter with calm water during their migration. Species which stand out include wigeons, gadwalls, pintails, garganeys, common pochards, teals, mallards, and the bird which is focus of this point: the shoveler (photo).

The shoveler (Anas clypeata) is more common in Catalonia as a wintering species, although it does nest in some sites such as the Ebro Delta. It eats water plants and also water fleas, small snails and other crustaceans.

To feed it swims with its head down and its beak in the water, which it filters, trapping plants and animals.