April 25th, 2014 – Avian Friday : Wood Duck

Among some of the most colorful male ducks out there, the Wood Duck is one of the most impressive. Their iridescent plumage while very beautiful, can be a challenge to capture the feather detail in a photograph. Good light and good optics are key to creating nice images of them.
They are fairly skittish and not very approachable, so I found that hanging out and waiting for them to come by was the best bet to get closer shots. I actually had a male and female come so close that I was no longer able to get the lens focus on them. I was hoping to a flight shot, but had to settle for a few closeup portraits and this guy stuttin’ his stuff after chasing away another guy trying to ease in on his mate.

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Seattle, Washington ;
700mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 1250 | Monopod

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Seattle, Washington ;
700mm | 1/640th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 1250 | Monopod

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI + EF 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed using LR4/CS6/ Nik Suite .

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,

JayT

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