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Norther Shovelers

Norther Shovelers
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-28 16:27
Viewed: 3580
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
shot with a friends Canon 500mm F4L IS with a1.4TC on my 40D

Northern shoveler Anas clypeata:

Identification Tips:
Length: 14 inches Wingspan: 31 inches
Large dabbling duck
Large spatulate bill
Juvenile similar to adult female
Adult male alternate:

Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer
Black bill
Eyes yellow
Green head
White lower neck, breast, and tail
Rusty underbody with white band on hind flanks
Dark back, with elongated white scapulars
Pale blue upper secondary coverts
Green speculum with white leading and trailing edges
Adult male basic

Similar to adult female
Adult female:

Eyes brown
Orange bill with dusky patches
Mottled brown and buff head, neck and back
Dusky blue upper secondary coverts
Dull green speculum with white fore border
Similar species:
Large, spatulate bill makes the Northern Shoveler immediately recognizable in all plumages.

source: http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/i1420id.html

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2007-11-28 16:34]

Hello Adam,

Nice shot in action. Details of the eyes are amazing.Flight, upperwing, lowerwing, belly details are well recorded.

Thanks for sharing


This is a nice shot Adam. Was this hand held???? That's a lot of lens to be hand holding. Exposure looks perfect and the colors are nicely saturated. On my monitor there is a sharpening halo along the high contrast edges.

Evelynn : )

Hello Adam,
This is a real good shot!
the exposure and focus is really done in sharpness, vivid colour and so much details on the inflight Shovelers!
well done and composed
good notes

Hi Adam,
A great action shot.
It's so good the focus and clear details got on this moving subject.
Your in flight pictures are so inspiring to me. I think good glasses like yours are a plus.
You've made a great composition against the blue sky.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-28 23:09]

Hi Adam

Very good action shot - great composition with excellent detail.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-28 23:13]

That is fantastic, Ada, WOW!
Beautiful light and colors.
Incredibly sharp details of this trio in flight.
Wonderfully balanced composition with the two ducks on top with their wings up, and the duck at the bottom with his wings down.
TFS. : )

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-11-28 23:58]

Hi Adam, this is a very impressive shot of the 3 Northern Shovelers, in flight. You have great colour and clarity on all of these guys. Exposure, even though you were shooting moving, dark targets looks good. Sharpening is not bad but could be a bit of an issue. When you sharpen, use a duplicate layer, then you can use an overlay mask, and mask out just along the edge to take down any haloing. And borrow that lens again, real soon.

Thanks, John

Hello Adam,

Beautiful sharp picture of these 3 ducks.
Nice colours.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-29 2:51]

Hi Adam, very nice to see a shot of the Northern Shovellers. We have another variety visiting here every winter, they look a little different and of course have huge bills! I have not seen them flying but you have caught these very well indeed, all super clear and sharp with great light and colours. Great work.


Stunning image,
Very nice detail,
Well comp-ed,
The blue BG really gives you that wow factor,
Very well done,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-29 4:35]

Hi Adam,
Lovely multiple in-flight capture of this funny looking ducks with very good details, focus and sharpness. TFS
Best wishes,

wow, what an amazing triple-inflight-shot! :-) terrific and well-timed frozen action, perfectly sharp and wonderfully clear
with beautiful colors and awesome details. that lens is really something. superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-29 8:27]

Hi Adam.
Your armament is terrific (40D + 500 F4 + 1.4x). I surrender at discretion :- )))
Amazing in-flight shot of this beautiful trio. Excellent arrangements of the birds, perfect composition, nice colors and sharpness. Well done and TFS.

they are froozen in the air !
excellent sharpness
well done

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  • PJNS (54)
  • [2008-11-02 17:35]

Hi Adam,

fantastic lens, no doubt. Well done.

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