I finally made it through all my photos from Lake Mattamuskeet. There were quite a few ducks around but there seemed to be more Northern Pintails and Northern Shovelers than any of the others (others than the American Coots, that is). These two are definitely two of the prettiest ducks that I saw that day.
Northern Shovelers are “perhaps the most outwardly distinctive of the dabbling ducks, the Northern Shoveler inhabits wetlands across much of North America. Its elongated, spoon-shaped bill has comblike projections along its edges, which filter out food from the water”. source: allaboutbirds.org
Northern Pintails are “slim and long-necked, the Northern Pintail has a distinctive silhouette. The male is easy to identify by his striking markings and long tail, but even the female can be recognized by her graceful, long-necked shape”. source: allaboutbirds.org