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Old Jul 14, 2005, 12:22 AM   #1
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I went out today to look for deer and found a mother mallard feeding her ducklings and then taking them out for a water stroll. Here are a few of the shots:

Lens: 400/5.6 handheld, various shutter speeds from 1/125th to 1/800th; various apertures from 5.6 to 10; various iso speeds from 400 to 1000.

This is what I spotted near the pond, so I ventured up slowly and sat down nearby; mom was wary but accomodating:



After about 20 minutes the kids began to get out from under and preen, getting ready for a little evening swim and feed:



So out they went, with the golden sunset bathing them:



Mom was always watchful as the kids played and ate in the reeds:



Gazing at me from the reeds



The lay down on water trick



Taking a drink near mom



Mom continued to watch until the sun set and the photographer went home


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Old Jul 14, 2005, 4:14 AM   #2
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All great- #5 really caught my eye.
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 4:19 AM   #3
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Great work as usual. Those fuzzy little guys are just so adorable. Love the angle and the lighting in that
last shot!
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 4:24 AM   #4
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Lovely pix - especially the 'gazing at me from the reeds' one. Very gorgeous.

Am worried about that next one though. Did that duck rectify itself okay? :?



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Old Jul 14, 2005, 8:49 AM   #5
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very nice, cute little guys, my grandson loves ducks, I will have to show him these.
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 3:58 PM   #6
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Thanks you guys and gals for looking and leaving these nice comments. The little guy was in that strange pose for less than a second so he's okay, thanks for your concern Caroline. Julie, tell your grandson the shots are for him especially.

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Old Jul 14, 2005, 6:08 PM   #7
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Norm, great shots!!! i'm becoming to believe that you're really Dr. Doolittle using an alias. you just seem to have a real knack at getting close and still having the animals fairly relaxed. you must have a really nice inner spirit.

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Old Jul 14, 2005, 6:46 PM   #8
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#5 :|

Very cool!

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Old Jul 14, 2005, 7:10 PM   #9
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Thanks dennis and ed, I appreciate the visit and comments. Dennis, my inner spirit is okay, yes, it's my outer one that needs all the work :G. I think I'm doing good if I don't cuss and scare the animals away because something went wrong. I think the animals perceive that I'm just too stupid to be a threat. I probably entertain them so much with my fumbling that they like to have me around to relieve the daily boredom.
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 7:18 PM   #10
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gee Norm, you're an excellent photographer and funny too!!! ha ha ha ha!!!!

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