Typically I try to isolate one subject to photograph to focus on the fine details but there are times I like to expand the view I show so that I can show herds or flocks of birds. Last December on the way off of Antelope Island I saw huge flocks of Northern Shovelers feeding on the Great Salt Lake and liked how they appeared through my viewfinder. I had forgotten about this image until last week while I was working on my waterfowl galleries. I should mention that these Northern Shovelers were close enough that I could hear their bills splashing the water. I also like how this image shows females and males both in breeding and eclipse plumage.
Northern Shovelers are dabbling ducks that have elongated bills with comblike lamellae that filter their food. Here in northern Utah they can number in the hundreds of thousands during the winter. I see them both in freshwater and the saline Great Salt Lake. Last week I saw large flocks of Northern Shovelers close to Antelope Island on the south side of the causeway but not so many on the north side.
Life is good.