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    Here are a few from this afternoon. As I approached my wetland, about twenty ducks got up, including sprigs, mottled ducks, at least one widgeon drake, several redheads, and small flock of greenwings. I was really hoping that the widgeons and sprigs would return, but only the redheads and greenwings reappeared. The flocks are getting bigger though, so maybe by the weekend.









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    Great shots, Not many birds better than a drake redhead!
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    outstanding shots!!
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    That Greenwing drake is just beautiful..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MooseGooser View Post
    That Greenwing drake is just beautiful..
    Thanks,
    I liked that one a lot too, but I wish the light had been better. It was quartering from behind me but too far to my right to get the best color on the duck. There were four GW drakes and two hens. The drakes appeared to be displaying for the the hens. I didn't realize that courting behavior would occur this early in the year while the ducks are still on their wintering ground, but that is sure what it looked like to me. It is really the posture that makes that photo and it was clearly doing that either for the other drakes or for the two hens. Would be interesting to see if that behavior would occur without the presence of hens.
    Thanks again. I hope to be in the blind again Sat morn if the weather is appropriate.
    As I said after last Sat's shoot, this wetland wasn't even there until sometime in April of last year, so this is the first winter I have had the opportunity to shoot there. Not sure what may be showing up, but intend to spend what time I can to see. Really hoping for more duck species and some wading birds.
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    Very impressive, the detail you captured, The breast plate on the teal is really pretty.
    Your eye and lens are amazing.

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    Wow.....those are really beautiful. Thanks!
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    Great redheads! GW is also a wonderful shot. As a decoy carver I found the floatation of the redheads inspiring. Normally we have our decoys float higher in the water than real life birds do. I might change that a bit on my contest decoys to see if it works with judges. Thanks
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    I keep forgetting to include the tech info. All five photos were shot using a Canon 30D digital SLR, with a Canon 600mm F:4 IS L lens + a 1.4X teleconverter. ISO 400, F stops either 5.6 or 7.1 and shutter speeds from 1/640 sec to 1/800 sec.
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    This is a poll, right? I'll take the redhead...

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