I was using my Nikkor 70-300mm f4.0-5.6 AF ED zoom. It was balanced on my Jeep's windows at 300mm. I was shooting with an N80 on Program mode, with Provia 100F transparency film. This, is fact, was a snapshot whilst my children squealed in the background.
Your duck picture is very interesting. It looks very similar to a Harlequin Clown male duck. Can you verify the species?
ORDER: Anseriformes FAMILY: Anatidae GENUS: Aix SPECIES: sponsa Many naturalists and hunters consider the Wood Duck -Aix sponsa meaning: Waterbird in bridal dress- to be the most beautiful duck in North America, if not the world. The male or drake, in its multi-coloured breeding plumage, worn from October through June, is unexcelled among ducks as far as I know. It was nearly extinction by the turn of the 19th into the 20th century. As in all animal species, with the notable exception of the human, the female is less showy, although still beautiful and by far more colourful than other duck females. The Wood Duck is distinctively a North American species, therefore found in Mexico (where it winters), USA and Canada. Its only "cousin" is the Mandarin Duck of eastern Asia, a source of wonderment and inspiration to both the people of China and Japan for centuries. Darrell: the Harlequin is also a very colorful watertbird but a smaller sea duck found on both the west and east coasts of Canada, about half the size of a mallard.
JRP, that is a Wood Duck, possibly the most beautiful North American duck. It is similar in shape to the Mandarin duck of Asia which is also stunning. You did a good job of capturing the irridescent colors of the head and neck which vary in hue depending on the angle of the light.
These ducks a very widespread and quite common in the wild. They are one of the few ducks that stay in the southern US year round, they don't migrate. Because of this they are locally known as Summer Duck. Their numbers had dropped in years past because they nest in hollow trees which are no longer common because of timber practices. Aggressive conservation and the building of 'wood duck boxes' all over the US have led to a very large and stable wood duck population. I am erecting three of these nesting boxes on a pond I own. The South Carolina Wildlife Dept. distributes the boxes, poles and baffles (to ward off predators) for free.
For the gastronomes out there, wood ducks are among the most delicious of wild ducks.
Does anyone see the second duck (which is actually in focus) in this picture?
>JRP, that is a Wood Duck, possibly the most beautiful North >American duck. It is similar in shape to the Mandarin duck >of Asia which is also stunning. You did a good job of >capturing the irridescent colors of the head and neck which >vary in hue depending on the angle of the light.
This was taken at the lake near my house. This guy (gal?) seemed to like posing for me. This is my favorite of about two rolls I shot. Data: Fuji 100 print film Nikon F5, AF-I 400mm f/2.8 lens + TC-20E converter Matrix metering, Aperture priority set wide open F/5.6 1/125 sec I was using a monopod and bracing against a column of the gazebo I was standing in to hold the camera still.
Here is what looks like a Great Egret (Casmerodius albus). Also taken at the Houston Zoo, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR, L37C filter, on monopod, through plexiglass -carefully watching for reflections- on Fuji Portrait NPZ 800 Pro film
I came accross these while walking the park with my GF and had to shoot about two rolls quickly, these are the only two that I have scanned right now...The first little guy was so far behind and trying to catch up just a run run runin so I used a slower shutter speed to try and get that ... it kinda came out<shrug>. "Its only film" "Shoot Shoot Shoot" Mike
Ok, these may not look all too ziggy up here, but my scanner is utter crapolla when it comes to scanning slides. The limits of what I can do with Photoshoph as reached a limit, and working on scanned slides s beyond it I kind of got the nick of being a duck photographer because when I get bored and run out of things to shoot, I go to the local park and photo the ducks just to waste film.
>>By the way...is "lazy" in Dutch/Vlaamse something like >>German is ? - which I think is spelled faul ?" > >?????? "Lazy" in Dutch is "lui". I don't know the word in >German. How do you come up with this word?
Certainly nothing related to you after that new website work you did ! Lazy in German is "faul" (same sound as english fowl"- I can read some Dutch but didn't know that word. My father is Frysan/Dutch so I've had a passing interest in the languages. But - we're off track from waterfowl photos.
I hesitate to include this picture of ducks "kissing" because it is not exposed very well. The previous shots on this roll I'd used spot metering, and I forgot to switch to matrix. Anyway, I think the picture is cute, if poorly executed.
Taken with an N80 and a Nikkor 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 @ about 50mm. I don't remember any of the exposure data.
I am glad I went by the lake at the Houston Zoo this past February 1. Nikon F100, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR with UV filter, on Monopod with 222 Manfrotto (3265 Bogen) handgrip action ballhead; Fuji Portrait NPZ 800 Pro. Late afternoon, overcast on a very cold day with occasional drizzle.
Hey JRP - thanks for joining in, and I'm intrigued by the water patterns in this picture... hmmm.... I feel another Nikonian Challenge coming on .... maybe photos where a pattern is a key element of the photo...
Nah, well - maybe someone else will start it someday ...
I didn't have any shots that would fit this challenge. So, I took advantage of the challenge to practice tracking focus (continuous servo dynamic field) and get some waterfowl.
This seagul was my first (headon) tracking attempt. F100, Nikon 28-200mm @ 200. Shutter priority (I wanted to blur the wings) - I didn't get the exposure data, but it was 1/30th and I guess at f/5.6. Kodak Elite Chrome 100. Distracting drought-lowered shoreline cropped out.
From mid February into March, thousands of snowgeese hang out at a small reservoir near Delta, Utah. I've shot here a couple of years before. This is one of the more successful images from this trip due to the wing action:
I'm glad this thread is still going. I went out the other day and took a few shots of Canadian geese (I don't know how they taste).
Little public park pond, Bowie, MD around sunset F100, Quantaray 70-300mm f4-5.6 @300mm with a Quantaray 2X extender, no filter All pictures either 1/125 or 1/250 and f/5.6 Fujicolor Superia 400
#1 - Just a goose in the water #2 - The sun was a little lower and gave the concrete embankment a nice golden color, which was reflected in the water. Focus is on the goose in the middle of the range. #3 - What's wrong with this goose? For the 30 minutes or so I was at the pond, this goose's tongue was hanging out. I imagine the goose's tongue was injured, but I don't know. A scanner note - on the original print, you can nicely see the water droplets on the goose's chest.