Wood Ducks: Two Pair Beats One Pair by John Williams
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At Farewell to Bend Park in Bend, Oregon there is an observation pier at a narrow part of the Deschutes River opposite a rock bluff. It is a great place to shoot fly-bys at the height of the duck season but now things are thinning out. However, in the morning I approach the entrance very carefully. You never know what you might surprise and your best chance to capture it is to see it first. The resident GBH or eagle just might be perched on a log or on the opposite bank, a RTH might be watching from one of the surrounding pine trees, Mergansers might be snoozing on some deadfall in the shallows. Today, I spotted the Wood Ducks and walked the last 30 feet up to them on my knees. Note to self: add knee pads to my Amazon wish list.

Canon 7D, EF 400mm f5.6 L, AV, 1/340 sec, f5.6, +1/3EV, ISO 400, no flash

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As a HS teacher I conducted an annual ornithology class where I took students on field trips to places like the Lower Klamath NWR. Upon retirement I took up bird photography after reading Arthur Morris’s book The Art of Bird Photography. Currently, I have been strongly influenced by the work of landscape and HDR photographers like Robert Rodriguez Jr. and Trey Ratcliff.

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