Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lesser Scaup in Flight

1/2000 | f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Fill Flash

It has been almost one month since my last post on the blog, my apologies for the lack of updates! I have not been out in the field much over the past month, just too little time. The wintering ducks have arrived as well as the sparrows and Goldfinches. I have not had any Goldfinches in my yard this winter, except for one straggler this week, due to the very warm weather we have been experiencing here in North Texas there is an abundance of natural food available. We are finally expecting some cold weather next week and I am hoping for a freeze so that they will come to my yard where I have plenty of thistle feeders set up! I do hope to spend more time out next week at some of my favorite spots, I have been very restless to do some photography. I am happy to say that I have upgraded my workstation from a slow Dell to a much more powerful HP machine which is fantastic so far. I am now just trying to decide on what IPS monitor to buy and I will be set for all of my photo and video projects. Anyway, here is a photo from this afternoon of a Lesser Scaup photographed at a series of small ponds that are sandwiched between two fairly busy one way streets. It was a new location for me that I had heard a lot about, where you can find dozens of Hooded Mergansers along with Scaups, Gadwall, Teal, Shovelers, and a couple of Canvasbacks. I went hoping to photograph the hoodies and canvasbacks, but they were very skittish and would take flight to the next pond whenever a jogger or someone walking would go by, so no good photos of them today. The light is not the best with this image, it was cloudy right before I got there, but naturally the sun came out and I had to use my flash to try and balance it out. While I didn't do the best job on this image exposure wise, this is actually my first good flight image ever, thanks to my recently acquired Canon 400 5.6 lens.

Hopefully I will get out more next week and have some new images to share with you all.

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  1. Wow! Excellent flight shot of this species. Love the wing position and cool background. My duck photos are extremely lacking, so I am very jealous of this one....hope you have some luck with the other species you mentioned.

    BTW, I just purchased a Dell U2410 IPS monitor and it's great! Still have not purchased a calibration system yet, so I've not seen the potential this monitor has to offer fully. For the price, you cannot go wrong with this model.

  2. Thanks for the comment Josh! I have looked at some Dell monitors as well as Viewsonic and really like the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM, but it is slightly over my budget. It is a bit cheaper than the model you got (which looks pretty awesome), but it gets good reviews. Then there is the ViewSonic VX2370S which is in my budget, but it is not as nice as the Dell. A tough decision, my brain wants me to get the Viewsonic, but my gut is telling me to get the Dell, we'll see!