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Old Dec 30, 2011, 2:22 AM   #1
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I think these are very rare in No America (native to Asia), but few have been seen at the Arboretum in Pasadena, CA. Really beautiful bird, but difficult to approach. I only had a 200mm lens today (handheld), but I plan to go back with my 300mm and tripod in the near future and try again. This guy was hanging out with a group of wood ducks.






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Those are really beautiful ducks - mandarin and wood ducks are 2 of favorite species.
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Great capture. I love the photo of the Mandarin and Wood Duck together. Very nice. Good luck today. The weather is very cloudy up here. I hope your weather is better.

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Nice Saly, looking forward to more.

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Thanks Clint, Steve, jj. I hope to make it back out there next week. The weather is supposed to stay nice. Other photogs there told me that the Mandarin has been hanging around for several weeks. I hope to catch him in the sun where his feathers just burst with color! This was the only shot I caught him in the sun - a bit too far and he was swimming around fast!

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Thanks Clint, Steve, jj. I hope to make it back out there next week. The weather is supposed to stay nice. Other photogs there told me that the Mandarin has been hanging around for several weeks. I hope to catch him in the sun where his feathers just burst with color! This was the only shot I caught him in the sun - a bit too far and he was swimming around fast!
How would it look if you cropped it a bit?
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How would it look if you cropped it a bit?
Tried cropping a bit tighter..
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I think that looks better - brings out more detail on the duck and it's reflection.
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Great captures saly, I really like #2, where it's sleeping

- out of interest, I can't see the original of the cropped picture - did you remove it?
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Great captures saly, I really like #2, where it's sleeping

- out of interest, I can't see the original of the cropped picture - did you remove it?
Thanks Jim, yeah something happened with my Picasa yesterday. Can you see it now?
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