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Old Dec 18, 2010, 2:45 AM   #11
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Wow, reallly really lovely pics.
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Old Dec 27, 2010, 12:07 AM   #12
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Thanks again Mark.
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Old Dec 27, 2010, 1:48 AM   #13
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Beautiful birds and great action shots...!
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Old Dec 27, 2010, 6:35 AM   #14
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Love the shots, Steve!

Particularly the "action" of drying the wings, and flapping motion clearly portrayed and well captured (especially in photo 6).

As I recently purchased the Canon 70-300mm L lens - I took some photos of ducks at two wetlands areas near my home. So your series particularly interests me.

I didn't realise that the ducks with the green heads are the same ones as those with the blue heads (just different reflection / colouring!)

Oh yes, I also really like your 2nd photo - the natural framing of the land / log (?) at the bottom and that both ducks appear sharp / in focus. Not sure what zoom length you were at, but it can be quite tricky getting more than one bird in focus with e.g. 300mm zoom.

I'll be posting some of my duck photos in this section very shortly. Thanks again for sharing!

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Thanks Wizzard.

Paul, I was using my 200-400mm with a 1.4 Teleconverter and I was zoomed in to 550mm( 825mm in 35mm) f5.6 @ 1/640sec. The two ducks just happened to be in the sweet zone. Usually, one is really sharp and the other not so much. I lucked out this time.
Thanks for you comments and I can't wait to see your shots with your new lens.

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