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One type of bird that I didn't think I would be photographing in California when I visited was the duck. I was quite delighted to see the variety I did. The mix included a number of cinnamon teal, which I had not seen before. These are also the first ducks, other than a few tame ones at local parks, that I've tried to photograph.

Below are a few of the images I came away with. All taken with a 7D and 400mm f5.6, hand held.

1. Surf Scoter - This image was taken at Bolsa Chica. This one was tough to get a decent exposure. Bright evening light making those whites glow.






2. Green-winged Teal - Taken at San Joaquin






3. Cinnamon Teal - Also from San Joaquin. This was another bird that seemed difficult to get a decent pic. They did not want to get close enough to a human!






4. Mallards - This pair hung out on the beach at Crystal Cove, siphoning edible critters out of the sand on the edge of the water.






5. Northern Shoveler - These colorful ducks at San Joaquin displayed some interesting behavior.






6. Northern Shoveler Pinwheel - This was the behavior. They formed a moving pinwheel, stirring up the bottom and possibly herding their prey. They did this for quite a long time. Certainly hadn't seen this previously.






Please feel free to post comments of all sorts.

Ken



Apr 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
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p.1 #2 · Duck!


# 2 for me. Really nice

Per



Apr 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #3 · Duck!


REally nice set Ken. Cheers, Andrew


Apr 19, 2012 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #4 · Duck!


Good variety and great execution Ken.
Douglas



Apr 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #5 · Duck!


Great variety Ken, nothing beats going to a different place and capturing different birds.

The GWT, a favorite of mine, is my pick of the set. That's a fine shot of one of these tiny ducks. Funny how we take things for granted if they are local. You mention the Shovelers doing the pinwheel thing. Those guys are common here and one of the complaints you here from local photographers is that the Shovelers are always doing the pinwheel thing so you can't get a shot of them with their heads up! I would agree it is fascinating to watch.

Really nice set Ken

Tim



Apr 19, 2012 at 02:17 PM
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p.1 #6 · Duck!


Love that teal. I think it would have been even better with the legs. I love the shoveller shots also. Don


Apr 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
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p.1 #7 · Duck!


Nice variety Ken, Bruce


Apr 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
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p.1 #8 · Duck!


#2 rocks


Apr 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
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p.1 #9 · Duck!


Wonderful set. Love the GWT and the shovelers , amazing behavior .

Birdie



Apr 19, 2012 at 04:39 PM
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p.1 #10 · Duck!


It's 2 and 3 for me Ken. Nice set ~ Ron


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p.1 #11 · Duck!


Super series Kenny. Love all 'em quackers in the last but number 2 is my pick.
"Andrew"



Apr 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #12 · Duck!


Nice collection, Ken.
#2 & 3 are my picks. Beautiful light and colors.
Chris



Apr 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
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p.1 #13 · Duck!


lots of great shots out of the 400mm. i have seen the shoveler behavior many times before. it is really cool as it is a real team effort.


Apr 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
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p.1 #14 · Duck!


Sweet shots Ken, well done with them all.
David



Apr 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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p.1 #15 · Duck!


#4 for me. Thanks for sharing.


Apr 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #16 · Duck!


very nice Ken .. #2 for me also


Apr 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #17 · Duck!


Thank you to everyone who took the time to have a look, and especially to those who left behind the evidence of their passing. Interesting to hear that the shovelers do the pinwheel thing routinely. Cheers!


Apr 20, 2012 at 02:04 AM
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p.1 #18 · Duck!


# 2 Great


Apr 20, 2012 at 02:12 AM
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p.1 #19 · Duck!


Awesome set! A lot of ducks are hard to get w/ a 400, did you use a blind? I like them all, but the cin teal is a bird I've never gotten a chance to shoot, and not commonly seen. My favorite is the GWT - wonderful shot! My second fav are the scoters. Great work!


Apr 20, 2012 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #20 · Duck!


Jonathan Huynh wrote:
# 2 Great


Thanks for stopping in Jonathan.



Apr 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
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