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Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-04 19:55
Viewed: 2353
Points: 8
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Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata

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.

Cool Facts
The bill of the Northern Shoveler is about 6.5 cm (2.5 inches) long. The bill has has about 110 fine projections (called lamellae) along the edges, for straining food from water.
Northern Shoveler pairs are monogamous, and remain together longer than pairs of other dabbling duck species.
When flushed off the nest, a female Northern Shoveler often defecates on its eggs, apparently to deter predators.


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Another beautiful duck image, Manyee . The reflection of the head adds interest in the frame. Pleasing visual effect and thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-04 20:40]

Hello Neighbor,
The Northern Shoveler is certainly one of the most beautifully marked ducks that I have ever run across here in Ohio. Their bright vivid colors and uniquely shaped bill make it stand out from the crowd.
This particular fellow is shown very nicely in your photo. The focus is sharp, allowing us to view it's colorful plumage in fine detail. I also like the water movement and attractive reflection. great work!!

Hallo Manyee
Everything in this image is really beautiful, but to me the colours is especially pretty. The image looks as if it is cleanly washed and hunged out on a bright sunny day. Your photography here is magic, as all display so beautifully. Thanks for sharing, and it was good to see you around again. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-05 6:13]

Hello Manyee,
Although the white parts are a bit overexposed, this is a very nice photo. Beautiful light, good sharpness and composition.

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