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Mike Bons
03-16-2013, 11:25 AM
I spent the other day at Presquile Provincial Park photographing ducks. What a contrast in temps compared to last year when it was +20c. The daytime high was -3c with winds at 35km/h and gusting to 55km/h.
As well, this weekend is the annual Waterfowl Festival at Presquile and there is quite a few duck there although I would suspect that there will be more in a couple weeks. I had hoped to get some decnt Redhead and Canvasback pics but the weather and Lake conditions didn't make that accessible.

However the usual suspects did show up.

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Mike Bons
03-16-2013, 11:25 AM
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Marko
03-16-2013, 01:23 PM
I never tire of these Mike - another excellent set!

Just curious do you use continuous autofocus?

Lungelarry
03-16-2013, 06:06 PM
Great set of pics.........

Mike Bons
03-16-2013, 06:37 PM
I never tire of these Mike - another excellent set!

Just curious do you use continuous autofocus?

Thanks Marko! For this kind of stuff I always use Continuous (Canons AI Servo). The Canon 7D has a number of AF settings that I have been playing with trying to get more consistent results.

casil403
03-16-2013, 07:34 PM
Such great eye detail ....great captures!

Mad Aussie
03-18-2013, 05:25 PM
Excellent set ... love the "landing gear down and locked" shots

Mike Bons
03-18-2013, 09:02 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments they are much appreciated. I wasn't originally going to process this images because I was disppointed that I had cut off his back end. However after looking at the image again, there were a few things that I did like about it so I decided to put the effort into processing and posting it. Hope you like it.

http://mikebons.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1485477980-4.jpg

Yisehaq
03-19-2013, 03:17 AM
excellent series! I appreciate the sharpness very much!

Mad Aussie
03-19-2013, 04:58 AM
Oh hell yeh ... I can see why you wanted to use this last one. Were it me ... I'd crop it in closer so the bit that's missing doesn't look like an accident.

ewaizel
03-19-2013, 11:45 PM
Excellent. Do you mind sharing what lens type you used?

Mike Bons
03-20-2013, 11:24 AM
Excellent. Do you mind sharing what lens type you used?

Thanks. It's a Canon 400mm F/5.6. It works great for BIF in good light.

Hillbillygirl
03-23-2013, 06:23 AM
Awesome series Mike. Always love seeing the Long-tails. Such a beautiful waterfowl, and that incoming Scoter is also a fav for me.

We did get to see one up here last year. Nothing like the thousands strong flocks floating in Lake Ontario, thats for sure.

Iguanasan
03-25-2013, 12:03 AM
What a wonderful waterfowl whead (I mean thread!) Hehehehehe. :)

Seriously, though, a very nice set. Too hard to pick a favourite. Very well done.