Wood Duck Drakes from the Kayak

While looking for a specific image in my large collection of nature images, I ran across a few from a few years ago, that I never published. The Wood Duck drake (male) is such a colorful duck and always fun to photograph.  Although they are typically quite skittish, wearing camo clothing in a kayak often offers such wonderful views. In today’s post, these images were all taken during a morning shoot, from my kayak, in the early morning hours at Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area (MO), not far from my rural Missouri home:

Wood Duck drake

Wood Duck drake

Wood Duck drake

And this final image is a bit “fuzzy”.  Trying to hold a 500mm lens/2x Teleconverter in a kayak, and with a moving subject in low light, is … well, quite challenging!

Wood Duck drake

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark II body
  • Canon 500mm IS lens, with 2x Teleconvert3r
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter various speeds

 

 

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