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Two male Northern Shoveler Ducks doing their thing at Kings Pond, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Northern Shovelers are migratory and breed in northern areas of Europe and Asia and across most of North America. The species is unmistakable due to its large spatulate bill. They are common and widespread and feed by dabbling for plant food, often by swinging the bill from side to side and using it to strain food from the water. They also eat mollusks and insects in the nesting season. They are 19 inches long (48 cm) and have a wingspan of 30 inches (76 cm) and weigh 1.3 pounds (600 g).They can be found on open wetlands, e.g wet grassland,ponds,lakes or marshes.

Canon 20D
1/800 sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter


british columbia, dabbling duck, northern shoveler, wetland bird

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  • joycee
    joyceeabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • Thank you very much Joycee!

    – Martin Smart

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 4 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic capture Martin.

  • Thanks very much Craig!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    9 August 2010

  • Thank you Trish!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelabout 4 years ago

    nice capture.

  • Thank you very much Ann!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sonya Byrne
    Sonya Byrneabout 4 years ago

    Great timing Martin, awesome shot

  • Many thanks Sonya!

    – Martin Smart

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Martin!!

  • Thanks very much Al!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsabout 4 years ago

    Superb timing and an excellent capture Martin, they certainly look as if they mean business.

  • Many thanks for your comments & support David, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Exceptional! How often does that happen?

  • Well I had my radio on in the background so they were just groovin’ to the music!! Lol, not really…. but an amusing thought!! Thanks very much for your comments Lee-Anne!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47about 4 years ago

    Great photo! Is it shallow water there or do they actually stand on the water to dance?

  • Hi Eeva, yes it is shallow water so they are standing on the bed of the pond. Thanks very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Themis
    Themisabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture, really great ‘behaviour shot’! I like the movement and colour captured, as well as the circle of water they create with the wing beat – wonderful!

  • Appreciate your comments Themis, glad you like it, thank you very much!

    – Martin Smart

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