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They're Back!
self | Nov 28,2011 | swampsniper

Posted on 11/28/2011 8:27:03 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER

I got out just ahead of an oncoming storm today, the Mallards are back The hens were flaked out on the slope around the pond, out of reach, but several drakes were parading along the edge.

Most of the local ponds are still low, this one catches runoff from a large parking lot.

I saw a lot of Wood Storks today, but none I could get close to.

MALLARD

MALLARD

MALLARD


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: duck; florida; photo; quack

1 posted on 11/28/2011 8:27:07 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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2 posted on 11/28/2011 8:29:04 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

They look like they’re having a good time.


3 posted on 11/28/2011 8:30:05 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great stuff. Appreciate your threads. Thanks.


4 posted on 11/28/2011 8:31:41 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

5 posted on 11/28/2011 8:31:41 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1042 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My neighbor had a small pond that attracted a couple of Wood Ducks but it silted up. What setup would I use to photograph photo postcards? I have a Nikon D80 with a couple of lens but no Macro. The cards are 3 1/2 X 5 1/3...


6 posted on 11/28/2011 8:35:09 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks, SWAMPSNIPER. Great pics.


7 posted on 11/28/2011 8:40:18 PM PST by PGalt
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great photos!!


8 posted on 11/28/2011 8:43:26 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: tubebender

You might do better with a flatbed scanner, probably less costly than another lens too.


9 posted on 11/28/2011 8:44:35 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
My daughter had 2 peking ducks, a large snapper in the pond took one and a hawk took the other...so she got a coupld of Mallards, suppose to be male and female. Both males and chased the dogs and cats..She finally took them about 3/4 mile through the woods to a pond. They found their way home. The next time she took them to a pond about 1 mile back in the woods...they didn't return this time...No more ducks for her...

I have been to the pond 3/4 mile from her home and I couldn't find my way home from there if they left me...(lucky they didn't kick me out of the golf cart)

10 posted on 11/28/2011 8:49:38 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Wild ducks come with a built in GPS!


11 posted on 11/28/2011 8:53:46 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Don’t forget what Lincoln said: “with mallards toward none.” ;)


12 posted on 11/28/2011 9:03:22 PM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

She raised them from day olds and if you take them far enought, they don’t return...they didn’t fly either so must have walked home the first time..they couldn’t fly over a couple of feet and that was when they chased the barn cats...Devil ducks with nasty dispositions....LOL


13 posted on 11/28/2011 9:05:58 PM PST by goat granny
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I tried a Epson Artisan 710 and wasn’t satisfied. Many eBay sellers use a camera setup. I’ll do some more experimenting


14 posted on 11/28/2011 9:13:29 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
The red head ducks are back in Texas too. Food is scarce for them because of this year's drought.


15 posted on 11/28/2011 10:47:23 PM PST by rustbucket
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Alright!! Missed your waterbird pics for a while and very glad to see them back!


16 posted on 11/28/2011 10:53:35 PM PST by SFConservative
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
500 to 1,000 red head ducks would take off at a time, then circle the lake, and land back in the same lake. This shot of some flying by was taken at 640 mm effective focal length.


17 posted on 11/28/2011 11:27:29 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Those are terrific shots! :-)


18 posted on 11/29/2011 4:25:06 AM PST by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: rustbucket

I have never seen a red headed duck in all my life! Are they only in some parts of the U.S.? They look beautiful!


19 posted on 11/29/2011 4:25:56 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful pictures, Swampsniper. I personally think the Mallards are just beautiful. Their coloring is so “jewel” like. I had to laugh at the one picture with the duck shaking water off... such a comical expression directed at you.


20 posted on 11/29/2011 4:28:06 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
About time they got there. They left IL a couple months ago for warmer climes. They must be slow fliers ;-)

Now. If I could somehow get rid of those *^$#ing 'Native' Canadian Geese, it'd be perfect. It's against IL Law to disturb, hassle and for sure KILL THEM, friggen idiots. They don't have to walk though the goose poop which all over the parks and on every golf course

(which is why I carried a 3 Iron when I *could* golf --- whack!.. oops, my bad. sorry)

21 posted on 11/29/2011 4:39:43 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: momtothree; rustbucket
*** I have never seen a red headed duck in all my life! Are they only in some parts of the U.S.? ***

I'm pretty sure that FReeper rustbucket shot that 'somewhere near' Austin TX.

He used his his 'Canon EOS 7D' and a 400mm telephoto lens (shutter: 1/1600 sec, aperture: f14.0, ISO of 2500) on 2011:11:21 (Nov 21, 2011) at 9:19 am

:-)

ps: rustbucket, nice camera. for sure out of my price range.

22 posted on 11/29/2011 4:59:54 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: momtothree
Sibley's "Guide to Birds" shows that the "Redhead" (I see that is what they call it, not Red Head), ranges pretty much all over the US except maybe parts of New England. Here is a map I found on the web: Redhead.

I had never seen so many redheads at one time, although I have seen many of them at this lake before. Here is a mix of male and female redheads.


23 posted on 11/29/2011 7:04:37 AM PST by rustbucket
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To: Condor51; momtothree

The lake is actually at Port Aransas on the Texas coast. The Canon EOS 7D has a 1.6 crop factor, which means a 400 mm lens has the effective focal length of 640 mm (1.6 times 400 mm). The lens is a Canon 100-400 mm zoom lens which costs about as much as the camera.

My wife took the first picture I posted with my old Canon EOS 20D and a smaller Canon zoom lens.


24 posted on 11/29/2011 7:15:43 AM PST by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket

I live in Maryland and have never seen one. Their coloring is gorgeous (almost like an auburn?) Very stately and attractive males (the female are blah... just like all the female birds.)


25 posted on 11/29/2011 7:32:41 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Breathtaking! Thank you!


26 posted on 11/29/2011 10:56:21 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

So glad to see:...”you’re back”.

I have missed the pictures.

Thanks


27 posted on 11/29/2011 2:03:51 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You are back- I was worried about you.

The pictures are just so great.


28 posted on 11/29/2011 9:04:25 PM PST by handmade
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To: handmade

I’ve sort of had my wings clipped, we are trying to dig our way out of the Obama economy. With three people using one car to get to work in different places, different times and over a wide area my rambles take on a low priority.


29 posted on 11/30/2011 6:06:29 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I really do enjoy your posts of the birds and flowers- I was just hoping it was not health issues keeping you from posting.


30 posted on 11/30/2011 4:12:39 PM PST by handmade
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To: handmade
Until about a year ago my daughter and son in law worked from a home office. The vice president of the company they worked for embezzled $250,000.00, lost it in Vegas, and skipped to Mexico. The IRS is after her now.

The company folded, no jobs around here, so we had a rough year.

My daughter and son in law both found decent jobs, finally, but nowhere near home or each other, and the hours don't match. There is a lot of scrambling around getting to work.

Another car isn't in the budget for a while.

31 posted on 11/30/2011 4:25:56 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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