The Northern Shoveler

Northern Shovelers are a common waterfowl here in Colorado.

The shoveler is a fairly skittish duck, tending to keep its distance from people.

It’s easiest to catch them in flight as once hey hit the water they will move into an area of the lake that will give them a safe distance from the camera toting photographers. On occasion, they will paddle by and when they do I grab the best lit scenes as targets of opportunity.