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Old Feb 6, 2007, 6:16 PM   #1
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I really need to get a teleconverter but thought these guys were cute enough to post. The picture is cropped a bit, the day was gloomy, so the shot is not all that great. But it is better then some of the other ones that look really noisey due to all the snow. I could be biased because I think they are so cute, but I think it well worth clicking on the picture, going to flickr, and clicking on large size to see a larger shot. This was the closest I have ever gotten to these birds. Usually they are way out in the lake and they fly away really fast if one comes near them. I think the snow hid me a bit.
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Nice, first time to see this species of ducks. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Feb 6, 2007, 9:40 PM   #3
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nice shot! donna
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Old Feb 6, 2007, 10:18 PM   #4
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you are right. They ARE cute looking ducks. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks bayourebel, Donna and rafinmelb. Glad you liked them.

In addition to the lively ones that occasionally swam more or less closer to me, there was a fleet of them sleeping on the far side of the river. Here is a shot of a cluster. Like ships, they all face into the current. Keep in mind it is 10 degrees, it was below zero the last few days, and the river is not iced, so there is a good current. But these guys just maintained their spots with no problem and without waking up. This is 12X zoom. It is a fair sized river and they are small/medium sized ducks. Go see large to get a better (sort of) view of their heads. Actually, you can't see much of their heads even large size as they are all tucked down on their shoulders.



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Nice pictures Steve, too bad a teleconverter was not available. I would of liked to see theducks of thefirst picture real close.

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Old Feb 7, 2007, 6:25 PM   #7
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Nice pictures Steve, too bad a teleconverter was not available. I would of liked to see theducks of thefirst picture real close.

Emmanuel
Did you look at the larger size picture in flickr?


I just asked in the flickr FZ7 group about teleconverters as I am suddenly feeling the need for one. I suppose I will ask here too and ask in the lenses form if necessary:

Does anyone have experience with an Oly c-160 teleconverter? I find that on Amazon a lot cheaper then the c-180. And what other teleconverters are recommended.

I did take some shots today and it was sunny. When I have time I will see if any of those crop and post better then the ones from snowy yesterday. It was 3 degrees today when I took shots, so I had to quit. Otherwise I would have sat on the bank and turned into a rock until the ducks swam to my side of the river.
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