A Canvasback drake on a frigid February morning

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A drake Canvasback in breeding plumageA drake Canvasback in breeding plumage – Nikon D300, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

While looking for some other ducks images yesterday I came across a few images of this Canvasback drake and realized I had never posted this duck species on my blog before. I don’t see Canvasbacks often and usually when I do they are off in the distance or extremely skittish. So when I came across this Canvasback drake on a frigid February morning at a pond near where I live I simply had to get a few images of him. I was only able to take about 15 images before…

A Canvasback drake running across the waterA Canvasback drake running across the water – Nikon D300, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

He got spooked by a fisherman walking up to the ice-covered pond edge and then the Canvasback took off running across the water until it felt secure again. Of course when the duck did that it put him at quite a distance from me. I don’t blame the fisherman for scaring off the Canvasback but I truly would have liked being able to take more images of this drake in his breeding plumage.

Life is good.

Mia

2016-12-07T12:07:06+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Categories: Birds, Canvasbacks, Salt Lake County, Utah|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover November 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Yes,beautiful images. I especially like the “running across the water” shot.

  2. Elephant's Child November 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    LOVE that water walk…

  3. Patty Chadwick November 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    The drake in the first image is quite noble looking, with his beautiful, deep copper head and neck…the second is an interesting capture of the beginning of the take-off, from an angle and with detail that happens too fast for us to see…

  4. Bob Mcpherson November 4, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful Images Mia. Ducks are very interesting. I enjoy their behavior.

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