Some Portraits

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Dave Rosser, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. But first some general shots of wild birds at the reserve at Slimbridge taken yesterday. In this first picture I can spot Pintail ducks, Pochard, Shelduck, Mallard, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Bewick's (Tundra) Swan as well as blackheaded gulls and moorhens.


    While here are a few of the thousands of Wigeon that winter here.


    Now for the portraits
    If you (a Greylag Goose) stick your nose in your feathers


    you have got to expect some to stick


    The next is a Coscoroba Swan


    While this is a Bronze-winged Duck


    and this is a Wood Duck.


    A black headed gull


    and a moorhen


    All with D1H and 80-400mm VR Nikkor
  2. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    Beautiful, sharp close ups Dave
    and looks like you quite a large group to choose from!!
  3. I like them all Dave! Do you use a tripod or are these handheld?
  4. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    I love the portrait shots especially the wood duck.
  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I really like them all Dave. You have done a great job on them.

    I especially am pleased you ID that swan. I have several images from the zoo of that swan and the young and yearlings as well. Thanks.
  6. radz


    Nov 12, 2005
    Wow Beautiful shots!!Sharpshots. Liked the the portrait Wood Duck very much.
  7. Geez how did you get so close! Wonderful detail and composition!
  8. Wow, as my father in law used to say, some is geese and some is ducks. Nice job.
  9. Thanks for the comments, I'm glad you like them.
    Jim, They are all handheld but I do use a beanbag and any handy support such as a fence.
    Andreas, I can get in close because these birds are all fairly tame and used to Humans. The portraits were all taken at Slimbridge in the collection area where the birds are used to being fed by visitors. The black headed gull will let you within 6ft before flying off, the greylag geese though wild and free flying will eat out of your hand, the moorhen is wild but used to humans being around, the wood duck, coscoroba swan and the bronze winged ducks are collection birds so fairly tame. (Slimbridge breeds endagered species of ducks and geese and is an conservation "Ark", it has over a 100 species of duck, geese, swan and Flamingo in the 80 acre collection section and at the peak over 20,000 wild geese, swans and ducks winter in the 800 acre reserve area.) See
    to learn all about Slimbridge and the WWT.
  10. nice crisp pictures!
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