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Old Jan 16, 2010, 8:58 AM   #1
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Default Should I Be Offended

By this pose? Blue-winged teal at Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida.

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Old Jan 16, 2010, 9:10 AM   #2
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absolutely! Its obvious those ducks don't know who they're dealing with!

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Old Jan 16, 2010, 9:30 AM   #3
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I get a lot of those shots after painfully taking the time to focus on the eyes and then have them submerge. LOL

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A Large Swan got me last week, still some hanging around, not much open water left here in Mi.

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Old Jan 16, 2010, 10:11 AM   #5
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I think waterfowl in general have this attitude toward we photographers. Nicely executed, lol.

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Old Jan 16, 2010, 12:12 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by snooked View Post
Should I be offended by this pose?
LOL, but no - it's nothing personal. Certainly a great opportunity for humor here, but nothing in nature is without meaning. Species of Dabbling Ducks spend a lot of time in this position grubbing for food on the bottom, and are as easily recognizable from the rear as front the front (the males at least - make of that what you will). As inelegant as it may seem to us, it is only a means of communicating to others of their kind that there is food to be found there. I have even used pictures like this to test students on waterfowl identification. Hunters also take advantage of this to select their favored targets - they even call Pintails "Sprigs" because their long tails projecting upwards look like sprigs of marsh grass (but it may provide them a bit of camouflage, too). So, it is what it is, and in the end, there is no need to feel that have you been mooned by a Mallard or any other duck!
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Old Jan 16, 2010, 2:36 PM   #7
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LOL, Looks like they wanted you to get there best side!

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:01 AM   #8
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LOL! I can't tell you how often I've gotten pictures like these. In fact, I admire anyone who manages to get a water fowl either elegantly swimming or sedately standing on the shore. All of mine are either like this, holes in the water (in the case of grebes), or preening in awkward poses, usually looking headless.
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i can relate to the "it was posing nicely till i pressed the shutter" poses
reminds me of Kenneth Graham, Wind in the willows, "ducks are a dabbling, uptails all"
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