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Aerial Combat - Northern Shoveler's

By NDODS    
Good Day to you all at ePz

Thank you all so very much for taking the time out to view , comment and vote on my images of the beautiful Lapwing which I uploaded yesterday. A further thank you goes to NikonUser1 (Cliff) for his User Award.

Today's images are of a duelling pair of Northern Shoveler's who put on a wonderful show of aerial combat at Arundel WWT.


Male - The male Northern Shoveler has a metallic green head, yellow-orange eyes, large black spatula shaped beak, white breast, chestnut undersides and flanks, the rump and upper-tail are black, the sides of the rump are white, pale-blue forewing feathers, green speculum bordered with white, and the legs and feet are orange-red.

Female - The female has the same large spatula shaped beak which is grey-brown, and is mostly mottled-brown and buff with a bluish shoulder patch.

Eclipse - The male in eclipse plumage is similar to the female but has a darker head, reddish flanks, retains the wing colour as well as the yellow eyes and dark beak.

Size - Typical Adult is about 48cm (19in).

Food - Uses large beak to filter small animals, insects and plankton from the water. Also feeds on weeds, seeds, insects, and molluscs.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, wet grassland, lakes and marshes in northern Europe into Asia and the north-west of North America. Winters further south in southern Europe, north Africa, India, Vietnam, south China, Japan, south-western USA, Mexico, Central, and northern South America.

Breeding Habitat/Resident, Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season - Early April to June in southern parts.

Eggs - 8 to 12 (pale-buff and olive-tinted colour).

I ope that you all have a great day whatever you may be getting up to. As for me I shall be taking things easy after a wobbly day yesterday.

Regards as always NathanGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Flight Lake Combat Wildlife and nature Northern shoveler

Voters: mrswoolybill, lifesnapper, RobertTurley and 74 more

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26 Feb 2016 7:41AM
Fabulous action shot here Nathan, not an easy one and excellent timing required. Smashing !

John Smile
jdenman 12 19 5 Spain
26 Feb 2016 7:45AM
Nice set Nathan.
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
26 Feb 2016 7:48AM
Bandits at 5 O'clock GrinGrin
franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 7:53AM
Impressive in flight set, Nathan.

Version 2 for me.

sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 8:02AM
i think he's in the dog house great shot
ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
26 Feb 2016 8:18AM
Great action shot, Nathan.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
26 Feb 2016 8:45AM
suffering succotash as Daffy Duck would say.... Grin

AnnJ 8 5 Scotland
26 Feb 2016 8:50AM
Fantastic timing!
danbrann 16 640 17
26 Feb 2016 9:25AM
Now that's what I call timing. Top shot Nathan.
26 Feb 2016 9:43AM
Super set of images Nathan,
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 10:08AM
great timing here
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 10:44AM
What long wings they have and what a great name - SHOVELER - do they scoop up food
like a shovel I wonder?
Kate Grin
26 Feb 2016 10:45AM
Well captured. Variant 2 conveys a certain dynamism. Great images.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 10:48AM
Perfect timing and all beautifully captured Nathan.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
26 Feb 2016 10:56AM
Terrific shot Nathan, enjoy your bird photography Tongue
A great mobile capture. Ride em Cowboy. Well done Nathan.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 11:57AM
A excellent set of images Nathan, great timeing and write upGrinGrinGrin

brian17302 8 2 13 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 11:57AM
Good set of action images Nathan
Bantu 7 7 1 India
26 Feb 2016 12:48PM
Action packed capture,very good explanation.

26 Feb 2016 1:03PM
Exciting - but who won!!! V good pictures, Nathan, and so well taken.
Good one Nathan

jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 2:58PM
excellent set of well timed action shots , all are superb but v2 my fave.
26 Feb 2016 3:23PM
Excellent in flight birding , Nathan ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
26 Feb 2016 3:35PM
A beautifully captured image, Nathan.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 4:03PM
A super set of aerial action.Smile

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
26 Feb 2016 4:08PM
Great arial shots---a very fine duck series!
26 Feb 2016 4:18PM
Four excellent captures
26 Feb 2016 4:29PM
Wonderful timing and beautifully captured Nathan Grin

JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 5:47PM
A terrific capture
26 Feb 2016 5:56PM
Beautifully captured Nathan..Lin
titchpics 9 7 England
26 Feb 2016 7:14PM
A great set, excellent timing Nathan.

Happy snapping

carper123 Plus
8 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 7:52PM
Perfect timing, Nathan, great shot.
Darryl Smile
Niknut Plus
10 2.7k 82 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2016 9:17PM
Cracking shot !!.....impressive confrontational drama !!.Grin
cbrundage 7 4 United States
26 Feb 2016 9:47PM
What timing, Nathan!!
26 Feb 2016 10:08PM
Super set Nathan. Cathy
xwang 11 56 8
26 Feb 2016 10:10PM
Great timing, excellently captured image, Nathan.
26 Feb 2016 11:53PM
Fabulous action shot, with beautiful colours. with great attention to detail, Nathan.
27 Feb 2016 7:51AM
a great set Nathan, gorgeous photos and info as always SmileSmile

PS ---> many many and many thanks for your UA on my Lake Tekapo 12, it's greatly appreciated Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2016 10:50PM
Avian action at its best!
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
28 Feb 2016 11:33AM
28 Feb 2016 1:45PM
Amazing timing - great shot !

David GrinGrinGrin

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