Sitting Duck by reflector

I spotted this little brown Duck at Blackbutt Reserve (Newcastle, Australia) sitting down and trying to go to sleep. They crane their neck back a little so they can rest their head on their chest and go to sleep standing up. I slowly moved in closer to it, stopping at about a three feet away and then crouching to get the angle/perspective I wanted.

Canon 450D with a 55-250mm lens set at 250mm and f/11.

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture James~ wonderul detail and colors!

  • Thanks a lot! It was a great shoot that ended too soon when the rain started and I had to get to the car quickly.

    – reflector

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot! I like the clarity of his eye and the details in his feathers! Nice one!

  • Thank you Kim! It was great to go back there with a better camera and re-try some bird portraits. It’s still a deceptively hard place to shoot at though – the light can change by the second due to the forest/hills all around it.

    – reflector

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks very much! Luckily it was pretty used to having people only 3 feet away so I could grab a couple of shots before I got too close and it “left”. :)

    – reflector

  • shallay
    shallayabout 4 years ago

    - And he woke up!
    Good detail, including the water still wet on his beak.

  • I’ve got another one where you can see two droplets almost ready to fall of its beak – but this is the better shot. Thanks for your comment Shallay!

    – reflector

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 4 years ago

    She’s a beauty! Well captured James! XXSUEXX

  • I didn’t flip it over to check the Gender, but it’s a nice duck all the same! :)) Thanks Sue!

    – reflector

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot James

  • Thanks! I love their feathers – they look like a blanket.

    – reflector

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful detail and exposure.

  • Thanks a lot! It’s nice to get back to old Haunts with a much better Camera and see what a difference it makes.

    – reflector

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thank you, much appreciated Antanas!

    – reflector

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago

    fine portrait. like the feather detail

  • Thanks for your feedback Dave!

    – reflector

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    I have been off a lot and missed some of your really good nature photography. You have made a pretty common creature into an extraordinary work of art. Great job.

  • Thanks for your much appreciated comment, Lori! It was great to return to that place a few years later with a better camera than last time.

    – reflector

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