Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pic of the Day

     Ring-necked Duck (hen) – Ritch Grissom Wetlands, Viera, Florida:  When I am shooting, I always target the male birds of the species.  With few exceptions males are the most colorful, therefore making them an ideal subject.  Females on the other hand are mostly dull and drab.   Dull and drab are necessary traits for individuals that will set on a nest for hours on end.  However, they are beautiful birds in there on right.  The hen ring-necked, with its variations of browns and grays also sports a white facial ring at the base of the bill and the white ring on the tip of the bill as does the male.  The mottled browns and white patches breaks-up the body shape thus providing the perfect camouflage, and a stunning portrait.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4 w/1.4 teleconverter, 1/400 @ f10

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