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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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Photographing shovelers can be like playing Whack-a-Mole. They don't keep their heads above water for very long; as "dabbling ducks" they feed with their heads in the water and their rear ends up above the surface. We were fortunate to spot this male Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) with his gorgeous green head up, and in a spot of soft morning light, in a calm and quiet (no there were no Snow Geese there LOL) part of the pond.<br />
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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
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