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PIC OF THE WEEK: 10/08/07 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2007 PICS

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Northern Shoveler

(Anas clypeata)

Where: Smyrna, DE • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Notes: This dabbling duck closely resembles a Mallard in size and coloration, except for its distinctive three and a half inch long bill with its wide "shovel" shaped tip. This foot and a half long duck uses its specially shaped bill that has over one hundred fine projections along the edges, called lamellae, it uses to strain food from the water. This is another image made possible by anticipating the birds future activity through observation. I had noticed a few times their tendency to want to feed in certain areas along the closest lake edge in the early morning hours. Several of these locations were narrow canals or areas where strips of vegetation formed alleyways near the shore, thus making a natural funnel to keep the birds in fairly close. Then I chose a position where distance and light direction were best and patiently hoped for an opportunity. After a while a couple of drakes (males) made their way over as I had hoped and began straining the water along the inner edge of the natural barrier and I was able to take several shots. The trick at that point was to catch the bird with its unique bils out of the water.

Small Bird Photo 1
Mallard (for comparison)

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Equipment: Canon EOS D20 • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • 2X converter • Manfrotto Tripod

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/250 second • Aperture = f 16 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Lens (Focal) Length = 750 mm (375 mm w/ 2X converter) • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~45 Feet • Date Shot: 12-28-06

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