Northern Shovelers

From a few years ago at Squaw Creek NWR in northwest Missouri, these Northern Shoveler ducks (Anas clypeata) were photographed as they were resting/feeding during the spring migration. In this first image, you can see a couple of the colorful drakes (males):

Northern Shoveler drake

And nearby, were a couple of hens (females):

Northern Shoveler hens

Always fun to watch them as they lie on the water surface, with heads below the water, feeding.

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon EF 500mm, f/4 lens + Canon 2x Teleconverter (resulting in 1000mm)
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Wemberley gimbal head (original series)
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/320 sec. (drake) and 1/250 sec. (hen)



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