Friday, January 14, 2011

Sleeping Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

I took this photo of a sleeping blue-winged teal at Merritt Island last March from an observation deck.  Obviously, the reflection of the foliage surrounding the pond is what makes the photo interesting.  The shame is that I didn't properly expose the duck itself. The iridescent plumage and reflective qualities of the underbelly can make this a challenge.  The first photo is the cropped version; the second is the photo's original frame.  The white reflections in the upper right corner are of a snowy egret foraging along the banks of the pond.  When viewed at its original size, you can see the erget's yellow lores in the reflection and some feather detail.

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Canon 50D, 400 5.6L, f/8 @ 1/640, ISO 400.  March 15, 2010 at 11:34 a.m. Merritt Island NWR, Titusville, FL.


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