January has been the month of ditch ducks. Here's another species coming in for a landing, today at the Terra Nova Natural Area. His namesake diagnostic feature is hidden by his wings, but the expansive powder-blue patch gives him away.
Sploosh. Northern Shoveler.
Becoming airborne again due to pesky photographer.
The missus paddles along, unconcerned.
Other ditch ducks featured this month: Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Common Merganser (not technically in a ditch, but in a shallow, man-made pond that is part of Richmond's storm runoff system and fed by several ditches).