December 27th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Mr. Bufflehead

This weeks bird is one that’s a bit of a challenge to photograph. Buffleheads are fairly skittish and shy away from people if attempting to approach them. Also the coloration of the male with the white body and dark head can make it difficult to get the exposure correct. They are a diving species of duck that swim under water often when feeding. When they submerge it can offer an opportunity to get in better range for a photograph, but one never knows where they might resurface. In this case I just decided to use a much longer focal length to decrease the distance between me and the bird. Had there been more light it might have required an EV compensation adjustment, but since it was overcast it was a little easier to get a decent exposure.

Male Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

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Seattle, Washington
1000mm | 1/1250th Sec. @f/8 | ISO 1600

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 2X Rear Extender

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik 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,



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