Black Bellied Whistling Ducks @ Viera

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Kevin Scott, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Spent a few hours with Gale at Viera on Saturday afternoon. We also met new member Jim Neiger. Haven't had a lot of time to process pics as we celebrated my daughter's 6th b-day yesterday. Anyway, here's a couple of the BBWD. Used 300/f4 w/1.4x handheld

    In flight...
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    and after he landed....
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    Normally, they aren't frightened easily and I can get quite a few shots off. This time, I got one, then he took off so I was unprepared. I was lucky to get this one...the other 3 in flights, his wings are missing parts! ;)
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    WOW Kevin,

    Those are super. Getting him flying.. Double wow on that one. Great job.
     
  3. Gordon Large

    Gordon Large Guest

    Kevin -

    The flight shot is fabulous. I've never seen a BBWD. Kinda beautiful in a weird way. Are they migrators through Viera or regulars?

    Gordon
     
  4. Gale, these were just before you got there. And just before I started to chase down Rosie! :) I was really pleased with the bif shot!
     
  5. Oh, Gordon, Gordon.....

    I think you were busy with Frank shooting the Mayor of Viera when these BBWD were posing so nice in the pond behind you. Usually they would just sit nicely and pose. This time they took off quick. As the sun set, we were treated by quite a few fly-bys of a pair. It was too dark to shoot as they look mostly black from the underside. They're really rather pretty, for ducks! :)
     
  6. AWESOME first shot Kevin. Beautifully done!!! The colors are incredible, sharp 45921703.
     
  7. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    Great looking Duck in some great looking images !!
    that's it getting a 1.4 next :)
    Bank account :?: what bank account :lol:
     
  8. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Very nice series Kevin. I agree with the others that the first is an outstanding shot. Very well done. 8)
     
  9. Wow Keven, That first shot is perfect!

    Anthony
     
  10. Beautiful shot Kevin the forst oen is excellent, you are so lucky
     
  11. biggstr6

    biggstr6

    Apr 26, 2005
    Richmond,Va
    cudos on the first one. Great shot.
     
  12. drueter

    drueter

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    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Great shots, Kevin!! The first one is awesome! I've been able to get a few of these guys in flight before, but never as up close as you did. Wonderful capture.
     
  13. Thanks everyone for the kind words. I was rather proud of the 1st one when I saw it on my 'puter! :) I really like these ducks. Their coloration is great. Thanks for looking.
     
  14. Thanks, Ben! You know, you might consider the Tamron teleconverter. It's a lot less expensive than the Nikon version. It'll work with both AF-S and AF lenses. I've not been disappointed in the quality, at all. It was just over $200 locally, though I'm sure you could find it less online.
     
  15. Wow!! Hey Kevin, great shots. Hand held shots like that are something I couldn't do. You are the man.
    Pete
     
  16. Both shots are great but the first one is super.
     
  17. Thanks Irene and Pete! I've really been practising my handheld flying birds shots and I can see them getting better. I still struggle with trying to keep them inside the HSC markings. Maybe I should just try to shoot full-frame and crop. 420mm just doesn't quite seem long enough for where I've been shooting.

    You should've seen Jim Neiger at Viera. He's handholding a 500mm!!!
     
  18. Mike Z

    Mike Z

    May 30, 2005
    Northbrook, IL
    Kevin,
    The first shot is superb. The second is merely outstanding.
     
  19. Wow, thanks Mike! I took a look at your pbase galleries and all I can say is your kind words are even more meaningful to me!! Your galleries are fabulous! Thanks for looking!
     
  20. Great Shots. I like #2 the enviorment looks more natera to me.
    BTW what is a BBWD we don't have them in California

    Rich
     
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