September 27th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Shovel Head
I don’t shoot nearly as many ducks as I probably should living in the Pacific Northwest where we have an abundant number of different species here. Here is one that a bit different among the waterfowl family. The Northern Shoveler has a unique spoon-shaped bill has comb-like edges that help filter out food from water. As with most birds, it’s usually the males that have the more vibrant colors than their female counterparts. This shot is from a few years back. It almost looks like a flash was used, but it was just natural light hitting it just right to set that iridescence of his head off.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata )
Seabeck, Washington ;
700mm | 1/400th Sec. @f/8 | ISO 800 | Hand-held
Canon 1D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI + EFS 1.4X Rear Extender Ver I
Processed using LR4/CS6/ Nik Suite .
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
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