Skip to comments.They're Back!
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.
They look like they’re having a good time.
Great stuff. Appreciate your threads. Thanks.
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...
Thanks, SWAMPSNIPER. Great pics.
You might do better with a flatbed scanner, probably less costly than another lens too.
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)
Wild ducks come with a built in GPS!
Don’t forget what Lincoln said: “with mallards toward none.” ;)
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
I tried a Epson Artisan 710 and wasn’t satisfied. Many eBay sellers use a camera setup. I’ll do some more experimenting
Alright!! Missed your waterbird pics for a while and very glad to see them back!
Those are terrific shots! :-)
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Breathtaking! Thank you!
So glad to see:...”you’re back”.
I have missed the pictures.
You are back- I was worried about you.
The pictures are just so great.
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.
I really do enjoy your posts of the birds and flowers- I was just hoping it was not health issues keeping you from posting.
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.
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