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Northern Shoveler


Northern Shoveler
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-01 21:29
Viewed: 3084
Points: 12
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This species is unmistakable in the northern hemisphere due to its large spatulate bill. The breeding drake has an iridescent dark green head,white breast and chestnut belly and flanks. In flight, pale blue forewing feathers are revealed, separated from the green speculum by a white border. In early fall the male will have a white crescent on each side of the face. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake resembles the female.
The female is a drab mottled brown like other dabblers, with plumage much like a female Mallard, but easily distinguished by the long broad bill, which is gray tinged with orange on cutting edge and lower mandible. The female's forewing is gray.
They are 19 inches (48 cm) long and have a wingspan of 30 inches (76 cm) with a weight of 600 grams (1.3 lb).

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-06-01 22:03]

Hej Razvan,
Nice in-flight of this male. Excellent POV, composition and natural colours.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Hälsningar,
Ivan

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-06-01 23:30]

excellent timing. good sharpness and background. good work. tfs.

Ciao Razvan, great inflight captiure, fantastoic colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-02 8:17]

Hello Razvan,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this Northern Shoveler. Very beautiful natural colours, nicely contrasting against the OOF background. Fine composition.
Regards,
Peter

Ciao Razvan.
Splendida questo mestolone,con dei colori meravigliosi,ben fotografato nel suo ambiente naturale con un’ottima nitidezza ed dettagli,bene la composizione bravo.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.

Excelenta Razvan......Nu am intalnit specia si nu stiu daca ajunge si prin zonele sudice.
foarte interesant ciocul grosolan....
Marius.

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