Everythings Ducky

Some more images from our trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ. We saw a large variety of Ducks on our visit there. Some were in large groups and others were either a pair or just single ducks swimming by. Most, as usual were farther out in the channel, but a few cooperated and swam closer by. All shot with a 400mm D.O. lens with a 1.4X teleconverter on a Canon R. The sky was very overcast when were photographing the ducks, so I did my best to brighten my Duck subjects. The featured image is a Male Northern Shoveler Duck. Always loved that green head with bright yellow eyes!

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Red-breasted Merganser Duck

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Hooded Mergansers

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Bufflehead Ducks

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Male Northern Pintail Duck

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Male American Black Duck Swimming by a Female Northern Shoveler Duck

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Pair of Northern Shovelers Feeding

 

Pintail Ducks

We found this pair of Pintail Ducks while we were at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville New Jersey. It started as a grey overcast day but brightened up a little before we left. They were swimming away from us but I was able to get a few photos. The featured image is cropped a little, the second I waited for the female to finally turn her head a little so it was a better image. I had wanted to do a 2 shot image stack. The first focused on the male, the second on the female, but she was too quick for me. So in this image she is a little “soft” in focus. With Photoshop it it is fairly easy to do a multi-image handheld focus stack on moving subjects, especially with long lenses.

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Male & Female Pintail Ducks swimming away

Pintail Ducks Foraging

I saw these 2 Pintail Ducks foraging in the mud at Low Tide. They were a pair, One Female, One Male. There were a lot of Pintails at Brigantine this day, scattered throughout the Refuge. Some were in fairly large groups, while these two were off on their own. It was interesting seeing them on the mud flats at low tide, you could see their feet and more of their body versus seeing them swimming in the water. They have very interesting patterns on their bodies and which you can see better here.

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Male Pintail Duck Foraging
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, 400mm DO IS lens, 2X Canon Teleconverter for 800mm,
f/11, 1/1000 sec, +0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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Female Pintail Duck Foraging
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, 400mm DO IS lens, 2X Canon Teleconverter for 800mm,
f/11, 1/1000 sec, +0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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