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Old Jan 18, 2005, 10:57 PM   #1
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I was out looking for short eared owls, but didn't find any. Lucky for me, a small flock of long tailed ducks were at the boat landing instead. I don't believe I'd ever seen them before... and I was certainly missing a lot. Lovely ducks. This was taken from about... 30'ish feet away, I think. I moved forward several times but eventually stopped when they started to move away from me.

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Camera: 20D, 600mm f4 +1.4TC f5.6 1/500 (or so) ISO400
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Old Jan 18, 2005, 11:59 PM   #2
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Hmm, this photo won't download for me...probably my dialup. Oh well, I'll try again tomorrow at work.


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Old Jan 19, 2005, 4:06 AM   #3
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Didn't download for me either Norm
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 7:44 AM   #4
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Not your fault.
I just checked my web server and I can't ftp to it either. Nuts. I'll update this post (to move it back up to the top) when it works.

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Old Jan 19, 2005, 10:42 PM   #5
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Ok, my web site is back up and the picture loads for me.

I hope you enjoy it and think it was worth the wait.

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Old Jan 19, 2005, 11:48 PM   #6
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Yes, it was worth the wait, Eric! A lovely shot of this extremely handsome looking duck. The way in which the water beads up on its (obviously) water repellant feathers makes for a very interesting detail to look at.

I'd never seen this duck before (except in field guides) and I'd have to say it's better in the picture than what I see in my field guide. The two-toned bill is quite neat.

Are these diving ducks, like Buffleheads? It looks like this one had been underwater from the sheen coming from the water on its wings.
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 8:10 AM   #7
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Good shot, beautiful duck. Keep working that lense.
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 10:23 AM   #8
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Yes, these are diving ducks. I did the old "dive and dash" technique to get close. When they go under water you dash forward a bit. It scares them a bit less, but you can still frighten them away if you get too close (lucky for me they just swam away instead of flying.)

Even though there was some wind, the water in just that one spot was smooth. That gave me a good reflection to work with. I so rarely get that.

I'm glad you two liked it.

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Image loaded, though very slowly.

Nice duck, looks like it is posing for you!
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 12:47 PM   #10
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Ya, something still isn't right with the web site. The picture is only 65K (highly compressed) so it should load much quicker.

I think the duck was posing for me. It kept turning in to the sun... don't you love it when that happens!

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