Monday, October 5, 2015

They Didn't Make the Cut 5

If you are like me, it takes a minute to make sense of this image. This is a Canada Goose that is just preparing to roll upside down like the goose photo from yesterday. The black area on the left just above the water is the goose's neck and once you realize that, you can make out the white on it's chin.

Here is a goose experiencing the same slushy problem as the Mallard from a couple days ago. All I can say is, "Brrrrr!"

I almost always shoot with the lens wide open to allow as much light as possible onto the image sensor. That translates into a minimum depth of field. It can be seen in this photo where all but the third bird from the left are (surprisingly) in focus. That means the six that are in focus were flying (like a horse race) pretty much neck and neck. That is a snow-covered hillside in the background while the ducks are out over the iced-over pond and the sunlight.

It is amazing how the iridescent feathers on a duck's head can change depending on the angle of the light. With this Mallard for example, at times, it appeared black; at other times, it appeared to be a beautiful emerald green. When I was first tracking this bird's flight, it's head was green, but by the time it was landing the color had turned to this deep indigo blue. Landings on ice can be tricky.

Here is a fine example of a Northern Pintail pair. They are a very handsome duck species. This photo offers a nice comparison of their tail feathers in which the male's feathers can be seen to extend quite a bit more than the female's. They are suppose to be a common duck, but I don't see that many of them.

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