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Ducks in Motion

I’ve been doing some more experiments with slow-shutter panning shots. The technique isn’t to everyone’s taste but occasionally it can produce some gems. I’m not sure these can be classed as such. The aim is to show plenty of motion, whilst keeping the subject recognisable, hopefully with only one head (two-headed birds are a common feature of this sort of photography).

Today’s selection shows a couple of mallards coming in to land on the local pond.

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Plus a bonus badger from tonight.

badger

Camera note: all ducks taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the badger.

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Fighting Ducks

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time photographing the Falmer Pond ducks recently, though most of the shots haven’t yet made their way on to this site. I’m going to try to make amends this week, starting with this sequence of the mallards taken this morning.

The ducks are frisky at the moment, and fights between males frequently break out crating a mass of spray and feather.

fighting ducks

fighting ducks

fighting ducks

fighting ducks

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Oystercatchers and other birds

The oystercatchers are the pick of today’s birds, but I’ll get to them in a moment. I’ll start with some early morning photos of the local heron, something of a fixture at Falmer Pond.

Once again we had sunshine in the morning.

Heron

Heron posing in the sunshine

Heron flying low over Falmer Pond

Heron flying low over Falmer Pond

Heron flying low over Falmer Pond

At this time of day, getting the best of the light depends greatly on where the subject is on the pond. The heron flew into shade, but at the far end the ducks were resplendent.

Female Mallard

Female Mallard

Male Mallard

Male Mallard

The best of the light had gone by lunchtime, but I had a few minutes to spare down at Rottingdean. I headed for the beach, where a smal lgroup of oystercatchers were gathered.

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers on the beach at Rottingdean

Oystercatcher

Some were feeding…

Oystercatcher

Some were dozing…

Oystercatcher

This pair of oystercatchers were going for a stroll…

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher on the Wing

One final treat, a passing cormorant.

Cormorant in flight

Cormorant in flight

All the shots today were taken with the 100-400 lens with a 1.4 extender attached. It’s a nice combination and performs well, though you are restricted to the centre focusing point with this combination. It does however turn the lens into a 560mm monster, which once you take into account the 1.6 crop factor on the 7D Mark II’s sensor equates to a more than respectable 896mm. You really can get in pretty close with that.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens + Canon EF 1.4xIII extender.

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