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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:07 pm 
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So when I work on pics I have a personal rule not to skip a batch and get ahead of where I left off. Even if I take some really good pics one day I dont jump ahead to process them if I have an older batch needing work.

That being said yesterday was a rare exception... not because of an amazing pic or composition but because I just cant get over how creepy the pic is to me. I was sitting in a blind which was situated in a tree when a group of 3 teals and one other duck started diving for food just about below me. Never having tried to capture a duck underwater, or partially underwater, before I thought I would give it a go as the light allowed a decent view underwater even though the water wasnt perfectly clear. As I said nothing great came of the pics but I thought I would post one as an example so here is what I was watching and trying to capture...

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Then along came this guy...

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He was in a little deeper water but when he came within 30 to 60cm of the surface of the water I could start to see him. I was trying to catch the moment when he was just breaking the surface and this is what I got... The creepyness comes from the fact that even though the head is almost completely out of the water the bulge created on the water when something surfaces has not broken yet creating a complete dome of water encasing the head...

So anyways.. my undead zombie duck surfacing from the depths to terrorize humaninty :twisted: ...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:58 pm 
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Oh my, that's a creepy duck :shock:
I don't know if it's lucky or unlucky to have gotten that shot, but either way, that's just creepy but in an awesome way (I don't expect you to understand what I think about it, I can't even understand myself)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Canada goose flying over.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:02 pm 
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nice one carlos... :)

and I agree pierovera, there is nothing about the pic that makes me go "oh wow" yet I cant help but look at it over and over due to the creep factor.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:08 pm 
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Cheers Wolf. I just wish I had the opportunity to see them in their native habitat. (they are viewed by some as a `pest` species now in parts of the UK)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:13 pm 
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come out to saskatchewan carlos in about 2 weeks when the migration should hit its peek... I'll take you on a tour to some of my favorite sites to watch the migration :twisted:

Last year we had what scientists refer to as a superflock bed down for a few days about 40km out of town. The estimated size was 150,000 or more birds. I tried to capture it but no way without a wide angle lens.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:31 pm 
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I would absolutely love to visit some day. 8)
(if I ever do get the chance to visit i'll certainly be in touch, i'd dearly love to meet up with you for the day, to get just a fleeting glance at some of the wildlife & wonderful scenery. Many thanks)

Crikey that was some flock! :shock: You'd certainly hear them from some distance I guess.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:54 pm 
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As mentioned above we are now entering my favorite time of year here in Saskatchewan. The other day I spent a good hour watching a group of Mallads playing and splashing about...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:20 pm 
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Caught this sequence a week or so ago...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Beautiful! I really love the blue details on the wings in the second shot :D

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:23 am 
wolf...i love the action shots you got there. the ducks look like they're having a blast in that water haha


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A few more then :D

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:24 pm 
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Wolfsong wrote:
A few more then :D

Oh yes, I really love your shots :D

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:47 am 
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Two Geese...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:28 am 
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So I was out the other day looking for the goose migration again and I settled in at one of my favorite places... shortly after getting there I noticed a goose repeatedly dunking his head under water and then bobbing up real fast with water flowing off the back... The old saying "Like water off a duck's back" immediately came to mind (duck.. goose... whatever :twisted: ) so I set about trying to catch it... When I got home I had to laugh cause the first thing I noticed was I caught the goose at the exact same moment surfacing as I had did a duck I posted earlier which to me was a reall creepy pic... the goose wasnt near as creepy but still made for some interesting shots with the dome of water still encasing its head as it surfaced.

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Burying his head in the .... water?

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and of course some shots I was after after first sighting the behavior... like water off a gooses back.

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And lastly the one from that day that captures the saying best in my opinion...

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The funny thing about that day was I was out for 11 hours and these were the only keepers of the day and I got em all within the first 20 minutes... that is the nature of wildlife photography... hours of waiting and watching with peeks of excitement here and there.

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