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    Default Male Wood Duck Portrait.

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    The drakes of the species are looking rather spiffy this time of year. Here is one that was proudly sporting its perfect coif for the ladies.

    Canon 7DII + 500mm f/4 II + 1.4TC III, manual exposure, evaluative metering, 1/320s., f/6.3, ISO 1600, natural light, handheld, FF, deepened the dark fine lines on the flanks, a few badly placed specks removed via spot removal tool. Subject attracted closer with sunflower seeds.

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    Love these ducks and your image is beautiful. Colors, sharp details (especially water droplets on his head!), perspective and background are all excellent. They are very skittish in our area - didn't know they liked sunflower seeds. Usually the mallards boss the woodies around here.

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    A handsome fellow indeed. The subdued light shows his colors to advantage. Nicely captured.

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    Stunning bird in its almost military looking br plumage. Liking the POV and processing a lot. Sunflower seeds eh, interesting (and better for them than bread )
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    Daniel:
    A beauty for sure. I really miss photographing the wood ducks in Cleveland.

    Perfect do,well exposed, aided by the soft light.

    Do you throw the seeds out onto the water, or just on the shoreline?

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    Hey guys, thanks!

    Randy, I just throw the seeds onto the water where the light angle and background/water colour are best.

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    Thanks Daniel:

    That is good to know. I will have to give it a try!

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    Daniel like the POV and great job with nailing the exposure and getting the colors. Not sure there is a harder bird in the world to pull all the different shades of colors out on.

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