Bird Photograph of the Week – 8/19/22

A Pair of Australian Shovelers

When I first glanced at this picture I thought it was a pair of Northern Shovelers – but I was wrong.  Rebecca Bowater shared a pair of Australian Shovelers taken in Nelson, New Zealand.  Note how sharp both birds are – using an aperture of F8 Rebecca was able to widen the depth-of-field to capture both in focus.  Can you see the difference between the male Australian and the Northern Shoveler?  The one pictured here has a vertical white line behind the bill and the head is a dull green.

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