May 17th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Mr. Mallard

With as many waterfowl species we have here the Pacific Northwest, you would think that I spend more time photographing them. I guess we tend to take them for granted somewhat though they are beautiful birds in their own right. i haven’t tried very much to capture them in flight which really displays the beauty of their plumage, especially the males. I’ll have to make more of an effort to capture some more in-flight images of these guys.

For this Mallard I was testing out the new firmware update for the Canon 5D MkIII. It provides improvement to the autofocus system when using lens apertures as small as f/8 which is great for us wildlife shooters who use teleconverters. I don’t have the most current ones so I really couldn’t tell much difference using the 2X on the 500/4, but with the 1.4X the AF seemed to be quite a bit better. This duck was quite a distance off and the camera did a nice job of maintaining the focus point on the bird. I guess a better test will come later this summer during hummingbird season.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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Seattle, Washington 
700mm | 1/1400th Sec. @f/7.1 | ISO 500

Canon 5D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik Define & ColorEfx.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



4 thoughts on “May 17th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Mr. Mallard

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