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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default Canvasbacks and Other Fowl

I had to go back to Northern Arkansas today for a family funeral and couldn't resist stopping by the pond where the large flock of swans winters, just for a few minutes. I saw some new residents of the neighborhoods, including a few canvasback ducks, who had joined the buffleheads and ring neck ducks that normally share the pond with the trumpeter swans

Caught this guy just as he dived for lunch

On this one, I was shooting for the canvasback, but on processing I ealized that it was one of the few shots I've ever taken that shows why the name rind-necked duck. Normally the ring low on his neck just looks black unless caught just right by the sun.

Finally, a canvasback that had met his match....a juvenile trumpeter swan that escorted him out of the feeding area.

Overall, I was not very pleased with my swan pics...too many blown highlights, but I did like this flight sequence, even with the slight blowing in it

All shots with the K-7 and Bigma.

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:48 AM   #2
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i love canvasback's, another favorite duck of mine. a duck we don't see many pictures of, thanks for sharing those.

the swan pics look good too. nice outing.
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Old Jan 22, 2010, 9:35 AM   #3
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Very nice pictures! Your ducks are quite good - the only ring-necks I ever see around here are at such a distance, they look like tiny dots with a 300 mm lens. It's great to see all the detail.
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You done good Paul, nice job.

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What a great, sharp series - excellent!
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Old Jan 23, 2010, 8:19 PM   #6
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Paul, more great shooting. The first canvasback has a 3d look to it. You couldn't get it sharper if you tried!

The series of Trumpeter Swans in flight is very nice. Great pictures all around.

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Nice shooting. I always prefer to see birds doing something, rather than just sitting still and posing, although sometimes that is all you can get. The swans' synchronized movements look like they have been choreographed!
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Nice, Paul. I love the one of the swans landing.

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