Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Northern Shoveler : Middle Creek

At a small pothole along the road we observed two pairs of Northern Shovelers

A male Northern Shoveler shows off his namesake, his unusually large shovel shaped bill

Suddenly one of the males took a short flight landing in the middle of the pothole. I wasn’t ready for his take-off but I was ready for his splash-down.


Shot just a moment later, water is still flying as he coasts to a stop


The entire Middle Creek experience would have been worthwhile if this had been the only photographic encounter of the day as this is a species that I have only ever once encountered at the lake I frequent. That encounter did not result in any good images as it was too early in the morning when light levels were to low for sharp images of moving subjects

10 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Excellent! This guy really does have a shovel on him.Beautiful action photography.
Blessings,Ruth

Elaine said...

Beautiful! I love the touchdown shots and the reflections.

I got some shots of a pair of Northern Shovelers last May at Creamers Field. I hope I'll manage to see some more this year.

Chris said...

Wow this middle creek place is a paradise for ducks pictures.. The reflection and light colors are fantastic, and give a special atmosphere of the pictures. This is a great job you did... I love the first and third pictures a lot!

Abraham said...

These are especially nice photos, Coy.

The Early Birder said...

Nice 'splash down' including the use of the air (wing) brakes. I've found this a difficult species to get very close too even though it's very common over here. FAB.

Johnny Nutcase said...

great series, that take off one from the water is such a great angle and photo, and what cool reflection too! Shovelers are pretty neat looking birds!

Montanagirl said...

Great captures. Love that splash-down shot and his reflection.

Meggie said...

Gee Coy! Not only are your photos beautiful, I always learn a thing or two from your posts. I never heard of such ducks but I'm learning.... Thanks for such entertaining lessons!

Leedra said...

Very nice photos. I have seen these once (last year in Florida) but it was hard to get close enough.

Misty Dawn said...

What a great experience and great photos you got of that experience. They didn't seem to mind you being there.