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Cape Shoveler (Male)

Cape Shoveler (Male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-10-31 11:58
Viewed: 1405
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'Cape Shoveler' (Anas smithii) at Rondebult Bird Sanctuary. I took this picture early in the morning when this Shoveler was chesing a small Greebe.

Cape Shoveler is a dabbling duck. It is resident in South Africa. This is a male Cape Shoveler. The male has a paler head than female, a pale blue forewing separated from the green spectrum by a white border and yellow eyes.

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Hi Srikumar
Lovely. The bird looks as if it is on a stride in a 100 meter track event.


great capture, proud to be your neighbour, greetings Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-31 13:05]

Hello Srikumar,
Very beautiful! Great sharpness in splendid light and colors.

Srikumar, voici une superbe scène, bien saisie dans une attitude bec ouvert.
Bonne soirée

Hello Sri – Very good picture of this Anas smithii. Excellent, view showing us all the details of the wings, feathers and head of the bird. I appreciate particularly the view on the eye. Excellent reflexion of the sky on the water. Excellent capture of the movement of the bird in full activity (protecting his territory, I assume).

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the bird
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast
• Good sharpness showing all the details of the bird (wings, head, feathers, eyes from the bird)
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendition for the bird and the water; I appreciate the view on the opened blue beak
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background.


• Interesting picture showing this relatively common bird from Africa in a “dynamic” posture; good capture
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject inside a semi panoramic framing
• Good rendition of the movement of water and bird
• Good capture of the eye.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


Hi Sri,
Great moment captured the best way, spectacular action photo with the head and neck in full sharpness only, while the very slight blur on the duck's body shows the dynamism of the attack. Nicely composed and formatted image with perfect technicality. Bombastic shot! Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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