I’ve been editing some images recently and came across this one I took last autumn. I really like this image as its so rich in textures and colours. Its of a drake Mallard and is very chilled out sitting underneath this over hanging Willow tree.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Gloucestershire. 2011.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
As always, please click on the image to enlarge.
Today’s image is of a close up of a female Eider duck. This is one example where you can use a super telephoto in place of a macro lens. I’d noticed this Eider duck sleeping so decided rather than to shoot a standard portrait with my 500mm I would try and get as close as possible and fill the frame. In order to this, I had to put a 25mm extension tube between my lens and camera to reduce the minimum focus distance of the lens. What results is a frame filling abstract image of a sleeping bird.
Eider, Somateria mollissima, Gloucestershire, June, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm extension tube.
Image 018 is of a flying Shelduck. Its great to get the right lighting on these species as it really shows off their bottle green head and the irridescent green patch on their wing.
Sheduck, Tadorna tadorna, Gloucestershire, January, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.