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From yesterday and today at Santee Lakes, CA. Great place to see and photograph Acorn Woodpeckers which are declining in California.

I also found a Brewer's Duck . Anybody knows if this duck is rare or is it common? It is a mallard x gadwall hybrid. This hybrid was illustrated and described by Audubon. Audubon wrote: "The beautiful Duck from which I made the drawing copied on the plate before you, was shot on Lake Barataria, in Louisiana, in February 1822. It was in company with seven or eight Canvass-back Ducks. No other individuals of the species were in sight at the time, and all my efforts to procure another have been ineffectual. "

The fact that Audubon could not find another makes me think that it is a rare occurrence.





Bruno Enriquez Struck 2013

Acorn Woodpecker





Bruno Enriquez Struck 2013

Acorn Woodpecker





Bruno Enriquez Struck 2013


Acorn Woodpecker





Bruno Enriquez Struck 2013

Acorn Woodpecker





Bruno Enriquez Struck 2013

Brewer's Duck




Nov 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Excellent work Bruno. Those woodpeckers are very photogenic. Well done!


Nov 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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These are fabulous Bruno, great clarity and colours. Well captured
David



Nov 30, 2013 at 05:28 AM
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Very nice Bruno. I like the great detail ~ Ron


Nov 30, 2013 at 07:30 AM
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Fantastic images, Bruno!


Nov 30, 2013 at 07:50 AM
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Bruno,

The first shot put a smile on my face! A very nice set.

Wes N.



Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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Well done Bruno, I have been to Santee Lakes twice to shoot wood ducks, but never shot any woodpeckers. Bruce


Nov 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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Thanks all for the comments!

It was a workout to take these pictures since I was hand holding. The "tree" is actually an electricity pole and there was a fence in between me and the pole so I had to lift the lens high above the fence. The birds, there were two, seem to prefer the shadow and only in a few occasions they went around into good light. I exposed for the highlights and watched the red channel histogram because of the bird's red crown.

I still don't know anything about the brewer's duck. I reported it to the local birding group but I have not received any feedback. Not sure if this hybrid is a rare bird or somewhat common in nature.



Nov 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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nice ones Bruno.. the woodpeckers especially


Dec 01, 2013 at 03:50 AM





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