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Old Mar 19, 2008, 9:58 PM   #1
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I have always been envious of other photographers when they have posted beautiful shots of wood ducks. Living in southern california, I never thought that I would get the opportunity to photograph one around here. Like I mentioned in my last post, I took my family out to Irvine Regional Park for the Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Walking around the park, I came upon a small duck pond. Sitting down on a park bench to take a rest, I watched the ducks fight over a piece of bread. Imagine my shock when I spot a wood duck amongst the crowd. Looking around the pond, I discovered not one but ten wood ducks! I was in awe. Since I only had my 50mm lens, I vowed to come back to this park with a proper telephoto lens. I had today off so I hurried out of bed and made a bee line right back to the park.

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I also bagged another new duck for my collection but that will have to wait for my next post. Stay tuned. Thanks for looking and commenting.

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these are gorgeous! i really like the bird taking wing.

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Old Mar 19, 2008, 10:05 PM   #3
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Outstanding photos, absolutely beautiful.
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Wow, excellent shots. Those are absolutely gorgeous Wood Duck pictures. Some of the best I have seen. Like you I am still looking for my opportunity with this beauty.
Well done,
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Tremendous!
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Old Mar 20, 2008, 9:59 AM   #6
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!!! Hung, excellent exposure and color saturation! Some of the best shots I've seen of a Wood duck. I really like #3 and #4 for their technical aspectsbut the unique pose really sets them apart from the rest.



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Great stuff there Hung! Congratulations on finding these beauties. I like the call they have...kind of a high pitched wheez. ....cheers...Don
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these are gorgeous! i really like the bird taking wing.

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thanks ellen. their plummage is quite striking. i tried to get some shots of them flying around the pond, but none of them came out well. it gives me another chance to go back and shoot some more.



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Outstanding photos, absolutely beautiful.
thanks flutelady. i'm glad you enjoyed them.



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Wow, excellent shots. Those are absolutely gorgeous Wood Duck pictures. Some of the best I have seen. Like you I am still looking for my opportunity with this beauty.
Well done,
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thanks steve. i appreciate the comments. i guess wood ducks are not commonly found in the wild here in california. since i have posted these pics, i have found out that the Los angeles arboretum also has some wood ducks in their pond. so my guess is that if you were to find some in here california, they would most like be captive ducks that someone bought for a park or arboretum.

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