Are Your Ducks All in Order?

All good duck hens, including these Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa), have their little ducklings in line!

Wood Duck hen with ducklings

Wood Duck hen with ducklings

I saw my first-of-year Wood Ducks in the area a couple of days ago, which prompted this post. Nesting should commence pretty soon. Wood ducks normally have two clutches every year in our area. I always look forward to being in a kayak and seeing the young family as mom acquaints them to their new world.

Photography Equipment Used:

Top Image:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3
  • EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 295mm
  • Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/7.1
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

Bottom Image:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2
  • EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 560mm
  • Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 320
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.

 

 

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Posted in 2014, Bird Photography, Birds, Blog, Nature Photography, Photography from a kayak
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