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Mallard drake on red stilts

Mallard drake on red stilts
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Copyright: Geoffrey Summers (summers) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 35] (705)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-04-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Tamron SP 150-600mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-15 3:40
Viewed: 1639
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes the most common animals can still make an interesting photo. This drake, in breeding plumage, had his feet out of the water with the result that the red of the webs and legs contrasts nicely with the yellow bill. There was just a tad of sunlight on a very dull day.

I selected a fast shutter speed partly because the bird was moving, but also because crouching on the opposite bank of the canal it was difficult, even with a monopod, to hold the equipment steady. Had I been more savvy I could have gone down a couple of stops and had a smaller F-stop, but anyway the result is not too bad.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-15 13:06]

Hi Geoffrey,the same style of your last pic,this time it's a beautiful male mallard with its metallic colors to have the honour,and the result is very very good and nice,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-16 13:02]

Hello Geoffrey,
This mallard looks like it is posing for you and wanted to make sure you got it's best side. Lovely colors and sharp as a tac with just the right lighting. I love their iridescent green heads and burgundy colored breast. Great shot!!

Beautiful , Geoffrey.
Thanks for sharing.


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