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05-02-2018, 05:06 PM - 1 Like   #7006
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I went out and set up my portable blind system at a pond & swamp where we saw a pair of Canada geese with some new goslings a few days ago. Of course, no sign of that family, but a pair of hooded mergansers came in. I took a few shots of the female, but concentrated on the more colorful male. Here he is 1) just cruising along; 2) flapping his wings in the way of waterfowl; and 3) throwing his head back to make the curious, soft little call & noises that this species makes.Watching him several times, it looks as though part of the sound is generated by bill clapping, but perhaps that movement is just the avian equivalent of lip motion. BTW The female disappeared. She was diving in search of food, then I concentrated on the male, and when I decided to take a few more pictures of her, she had totally vanished from the large expanse of the pond I could see. The male stayed about, calling time and again, for all the world acting as if he were looking for her.
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Yet another image of an emerald dove.

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This grey fox came into the back in broad daylight, somewhat unusual as greys tend to be more nocturnal. It was after some seeds I scattered for the birds. They are very wary and will disappear if they detect unkown noise or movement, consequently I took as many pictures as possible where I stood, which happened to be at a double-pane thermal window where I had to shoot at a very oblique angle, and the window glass totally destroyed the IQ (=first two images). After taking about thirty such throw-away shots I tried sneaking to a better location, moving quietly only while the fox had its head down feeding. I managed to get to a window in the sunroom with only a single pane of glass, but I was still shooting obliquely through the window rather than at right angles, so IQ was still degraded somewhat (three last images). I was glad to get anything considering how rare it is to see a grey fox in our yard, only twice that I can remember in the past 45 years, and one of those foxes was rabid. BTW: Grey fox is one of only two canids that regularly climb trees (red fox can climb, but do so very rarely), and it is considered the most "basal" or "primitive" of living canids.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
....consequently I took as many pictures as possible where I stood, which happened to be at a double-pane thermal window where I had to shoot at a very oblique angle, and the window glass totally destroyed the IQ (=first two images).
I was going to say, how did you get that funky bokeh in the first two images

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male and female wood ducks
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Straightforward image of a Canada goose.
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Straight forward image of an unidentified duck.
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male and female mallard ducks
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