A number of shots taken over the past few days of our resident winter waterfowl. I enjoy sharing my experiences with you, and now that I'm fully retired, I now have more time to spend doing what I enjoy doing. I post them to share with the community here, but please do not feel obliged to comment, as I've taken up too much space and time here recently. However, if there is something you particualrly like or dislike, I do enjoy hearing from you.
All images D300 + Nikkor 600mm VR + 1.4TC
Long-tailed Duck - male ISO320, f/8, 1/1000sec, -0.3EV
Long-tailed Duck - female ISO320, f/7.1, 1/500sec
Common Goldeneye - male ISO400, f/9, 1/500sec, -0.3EV
Common Goldeneye - male ISO320. f/7.1. 1/1000sec
Ruddy Duck - male (winter plumage) - A relatively small duck and usually quite timid. I was pleased that a raft of these floated by fairly close after sitting behind a fallen tree. ISO400. f/6.3, 1/500sec
Ruddy Duck - male (breeding plumage) - out of a raft of approx. 70 Ruddy Ducks, all the males were in winter plumage except for this individual. According to Sibley's guide, this normally occurs in March. Hopefully a harbinger to an early spring! ISO400, f/6.3, 1/500sec, -0.3EV
Bufflehead - male ISO320, f/6.3, 1/1250sec, -0.3EV
Ah yes, ducks indeed Richard. I really like the water in the first goldeneye shot. Love to see the curvature in the eye on the ruddys, and the breeding plumage is a bonus. Great iridescence on the bufflehead.
Hi Richard, I have to echo Dave and say congratulations on your being "fully" retired. I imagine that 600 will really get a workout now!
I really like #1 for its unique body position capture. And the small rivulets of water coming off the small feathers on the wings (coverlets? -- sorry, I used to know my terminology so much better) really add a great touch in my opinion.
I also love the really low angle and composition of the first ruddy duck and the scaup. Both put the viewer right there with the bird.
The others are definitely keepers as well, but for some reason, these 3 just jump out at me.
Take care, and thanks for sharing. CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
Thanks again Chuck - I guess by flapping their wings once in while, it fluffs them up and prevents them from getting waterlogged after diving ( I think the feathers are "covets"). I also love the low angle and much prefer it over pointing down at the ducks, but sometimes I can't get close enough to lie on the beach and have to stay hidden in the weeds on shore.
Once again Victor, thank you and appreciate you taking the time to comment. The cold weather doesn't bother me (even though we've had 2 recording breaking temperatures over the past 2 days, with lots of rain).
I'm fortunate to be close to the shores & bays of Lake Ontario, many of which stay ice-free all winter, so I'm afforded a lot more opportunities.
Thanks Scott - that is actually as photographed and no PP was added. I've had to happen a few times, but never pin-pointed why. I believe it's certain light conditions and generally caused by a light breeze on the water surface. I'll have to pay more attention as to how this effect is created.
Perfect light for shooting too it looks like. I found a small stream fed pond in Springville this weekend loaded with many of these same species. The property belongs to a guy who cares for the birds and has dozens of them including Asian and South American varieties as well.
I'm hoping to get down there when the light looks like this some weekend. Great color and detail in these birds...really enjoyed looking at these.