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Baby Wood Ducks ready to jump into the "Real Life"
Lens: SMC Pentax-FA* 250-600mm f5.6 ED [IF] Camera: Pentax K-1 Photo Location: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ISO: 2500 Shutter Speed: 1/800s Aperture: F6.3 
Posted By: Weevil, 05-23-2020, 01:47 PM

Twenty-four hours after hatching, the baby Wood Ducks are getting ready to jump out of the nest. Their mother was waiting for them on the ground, about 5-6 meters down. They all got out in a short moment. I counted 14 of them.



Bébés Canard branchu prêts à faire le saut dans la "Vraie Vie" / Baby Wood Ducks ready to jump into the "Real Life" [Aix sponsa]
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Their mother was waiting for them on the ground, about 5-6 meters down.
That seems like an awful long way to fall... you'd almost expect them to bounce.
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That seems like an awful long way to fall... you'd almost expect them to bounce.
Actually, yes, they bounced like tennis balls... I had a video cam at the groupod level, I'll get back with eventual good shootage as soon as possible !
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Actually, yes, they bounced like tennis balls... I had a video cam at the ground level, I'll get back with eventual good shootage as soon as possible !
Thanks that would be great to see... I did wonder if they did.

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This is a scene that is remarkable no matter how many times it is seen . Thanks for sharing .
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Nice shot. It really has that special something. I have seen the nests of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) which also nests in trees, but I have never seen the ducklings jump. Ours are quite different and behave a lot like geese. They are not related to the European species.
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I have seen this death-defying leap in a nature documentary. I'd rather use a zip-line.
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Fantastic capture! I can hear them talking, "you jump first", "no, after you"

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Thanks that would be great to see... I did wonder if they did.
here is the video montage ... to be seen in flickr

Le grand saut des bébés canards branchu / The big jump of ? | Flickr



Le grand saut des bébés canards branchu / The big jump of the Wood Duck hatchlings.
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Too darn cure.
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Talk about a rough start to life.

I'll have to get my FA*250-600mm f/5.6 out - being in isolation for so long, I haven't had much of a use for it.

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Talk about a rough start to life.

I'll have to get my FA*250-600mm f/5.6 out - being in isolation for so long, I haven't had much of a use for it.
Yes you should do some workout a bit with it! !

Actually, I think I am one of the rare PF user who use it and post images from that nice jewel... I cannot remember anyone else posting images fromthat beast since the last couple years...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Yes you should do some workout a bit with it! !

Actually, I think I am one of the rare PF user who use it and post images from that nice jewel... I cannot remember anyone else posting images fromthat beast since the last couple years...
I found one on kijiji for 5k that had only been used 10 times on a trip to Africa, I phoned an hour after it was posted and someone had already come and taken it away. Otherwise you'd see lots.
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I think I am one of the rare PF user who use it and post images from that nice jewel
The thing is with the FA*250-600mm, particularly on APS-C you need some pretty hefty support hardware to get high quality results from the lens. Or use wireless flash to freeze motion which is something I have done with long lens wildlife photography before.
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The thing is with the FA*250-600mm, particularly on APS-C you need some pretty hefty support hardware to get high quality results from the lens. Or use wireless flash to freeze motion which is something I have done with long lens wildlife photography before.
Yes that's true, but manageable... I am using a sturdy tripod such as the Gitzo systematic series 3 and a Benro S8 fluid video head... but since I added a lens support system (from hejnarphoto.com), I got much better keeper rates. That lens support system prevents the vibrations because, yes indeed, the lens foot is a bit misplaced. It is too far to the front. By placing the lens support system in reverse position, it resolve the vibration issue that I was having at the origin...

I am still in good shape to carry this setup (I'd say between 30-40 lbs) in the field, but not convenient for long trails. I just aquired an FA*400 to compensate when I am not willing to carry the "big kit".
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