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Northern Shoveler (transitional plumage)

Northern Shoveler (transitional plumage)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-11-25 20:56
Viewed: 2270
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this is a Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata). a male. and in transitional plumage.

i found this bird in a small water-body in Shelby Farms Park. two of them were there. the other one was a female.

it was my first sighting of a Northern Shoveler. such a gorgeous duck! loved that flat, glittering bill. and those fiery eyes, burning under sunlight.. it was a beauty.

sorry, i couldn't get closer. but a better one some other day :)

i was so excited to start my weekend with a new duck.. otherwise, Mallards, Pekins and Canada geese were quite a common view.

later, i saw some more of them. what i got to know about them was, they appear in winter. not only that, they can also be seen in India during their winter migration! that makes me more happy. in India, we, the birders, wait for winter to enjoy the beauty of migratory birds. not every time and all of us are lucky. but like Mallards, am happy to see these Northern Shovelers too.

these ducks, seem to be partial to small water-bodies.. with less water and available mud. they avoid big lakes with deep and clear water. they are mostly 'busy' in dipping inside and digging mud. literally.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-11-25 21:21]

this is a beautiful species. good closeup. nicely taken. tfs.

Hi Ruby,

I have never seen this duck before (in real). Lovely lateral presentation, perfect focus, and he seems to be "eyeing" you with his peripheral vision! A 1000mm lens? How close were you? TFS


Geee ...what a character !!! ...and what a confidence this body setup reveals !!! ...and understandable, when having such a rare beak ...as large as a Caterpillar scoop ! Luvit!
George Veltchev

Really nice shot Ruby. It's clear and with good colours. It's transitional feathers almost make it look like it's got the body of a Mallard. I love the beak. I've never seen one of these. It's a pleasure to see. TFS Trevor

Hi Ruby

Good capture with the grasses nicely offsetting the plumb central duck. Never seen this interesting transition plumage before on the ones that come to India in winter. They always have that beautiful green colour on the head and neck against which the yellow eye stands out superbly. Hope to spot some of these soon now.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-27 7:31]

Hello Ruby,
Nice capture of this very unique looking and pretty duck. Love the super large and heavy duty bill it carries.

I have only seen this duck once, and that was two years ago at a small reservoir nearby. There were two males and a female, who at one time came as close as twenty yards to me before they decided to take off. They were in full breeding plumage, which made them a spectacular sight to view. I didn't have my camera with me and often think about my missed opportunity to photograph this gorgeous bird.

I'm glad you had much better luck then I did. Thank you for posting a photo of this beautiful Northern Shoveler.

Hi Ruby,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Northern Shoveler, very sharp details in the feathers, and with the sky reflecting off the water gives a good blend to background.

Very good shot.

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