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Doug L
04-21-2012, 05:28 AM
The Mergansers (Common Mergansers, females) were resting on a log in the river - about 40 metres away. The Wood Duck (male, breeding plumage) would come up close if one didn't move around too much . Both images are taken with my 1300mm Maksutov/Cassegrain scope.

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Mad Aussie
04-21-2012, 05:44 AM
How can anyone not like those wood ducks! :)

I like the Mergansers too ... they look like they are going fast even when sitting still :)

Iguanasan
04-21-2012, 04:13 PM
The colours on those wood ducks are awesome... very nice shots both.

Hillbillygirl
04-22-2012, 07:26 AM
Nice captures Doug, especially using that scope.

Marko
04-22-2012, 10:29 AM
Nice set Doug L! - Do you mount the camera to the scope?

XPWizard
04-22-2012, 08:41 PM
Nice shots!

asnow
04-22-2012, 10:50 PM
Love that wood duck.

Doug L
04-23-2012, 12:43 AM
... Do you mount the camera to the scope?

Yes, there is a camera adapter (short tube) that screws onto the scope, and a T-Ring mount is purchased (about $20.) which has the appropriate bayonet for the camera body. If one wants to look through the telescope eyepiece, the camera can be left on the camera. A knob swivels a prism/mirror? into the light path which directs the image to the scope's eyepiece.

Doug L
04-23-2012, 01:00 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments. I agree that the male Wood Duck's breeding plumage is amazing. Here is a profile of the bird I took earlier that day with a 200mm lens. It was raining a bit and the light was very dim - hope to get a better shot with this lens on a brighter day.

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edG
04-23-2012, 08:00 AM
very cool captures