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Shoveler Duck in Pond

Shoveler Duck  in Pond
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Copyright: Muhammad Shaukat (shaukatmi) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 73] (392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-03-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-25 18:27
Viewed: 1374
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shoveler Duck photographed in Nisqually wildlife refuge.
The shoveler, though slightly smaller than the mallard, has a huge black bill that is truly a shovel longer than the bird's head. Mallards' bills are much smaller. You'll immediately know the shoveler when you see it just by the length of the bill. The female may be brown like a mallard female, but she, too, has the spatulate bill.

No other duck has a bill this large and designed for use like the shoveler. Shovelers and mallards are bottom feeders. You see them feeding vertically, tails coming straight out of the water like tree stumps.

The shoveler, though, feeds like a whale. The huge beak is filled with teeth-like filters that strain nutrients out of the water. Ol' Clark once saw thousands of shovelers feeding in a sewage lagoon in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Like vultures, shovelers can enjoy a meal others won't touch. Their feeding habits also are an added security factor during hunting season. They join coots and grebes on the inedible list.

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Hello Muhammad,
Another interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. The photographers note are useful. I find this specie in summer also in my region along the rivers, but they are very shy and difficult to take a shoot.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65293)
  • [2016-01-26 12:56]

Hi Muhammad,a good capture of this curious duck with the big black beak,the sharpness isn't the best but still good,perfect colors an exposure,interesting post.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-28 17:59]

Hello Muhammad Shaukat,
An interesting image of this Northern Shoveler in it's natural habitat. Not an easy bird to photograph as they are very wary of humans most of the time. Not bad considering you had such harsh lighting to deal with.

Hello Muhammad,
Little bit soft and OE light in white feathers, otherwise it's a beautiful photograph of this Shoveler Duck, in its natural habitat.
Thanks for showing your work.

The nature element n the duck...nice expression of his eyes and details has been captured nicely well done MUHAMMAD SHAUKAT

Hi Muhammad,

I like the ripples on the water. The point of view is showing the details of the Shoveler Duck. There is a good contrast between the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.


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