Baby Wood Ducks

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Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
Baby Wood Ducks

For those of you who followed my last 2 threads, the baby wood ducks left the nest today. I got real lucky and watched them leave very early this morning.

Here is the mother a few weeks ago, sitting on the nest

in this tree

After the mother left the nest, she flew to the ground and called the baibies, who the proceeded to come to the hole in the tree

and jump

eventually meeting up on the ground below

where they headed off towards the lake.

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sueanne
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Re: Baby Wood Ducks

This is one great series!
and got to say, that is one 'tall' tree !
Thanks for sharing.

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OP Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
I have to admit ...

I helped them a bit by piling up the leaves at the bottom of the tree, and moving a small branch out of the way the other day.
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Stephen McDonald
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Re: I have to admit ...

This is probably one of the most difficult events to chronicle and you did it very well. How many ducklings were there altogether? These little Wood Ducks are great runners and climbers, covering ground as fast as pheasants.
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OP Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
Re: I have to admit ...

We counted 7 of them. May have missed one, but we don't think so.

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Serge 07
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Jim, those are great shots & an awesome series. You must have one heck of an eye to spot something like this......the nest was on one tall tree.

The little Canon A700 did a terrific job.

Thanks for sharing!

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Wilson Aquino Regular Member • Posts: 354
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Serge 07 wrote:

Jim, those are great shots & an awesome series. You must have one
heck of an eye to spot something like this......the nest was on one
tall tree.

The little Canon A700 did a terrific job.

Thanks for sharing!
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Sarge -
I use IExif and the exif says D60 not A700 and the first one was taken at 400mm.
Is IExif not reading the exif correctly?
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Serge 07
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Wilson, you're absolutely correct. I used the Firefox Exif viewer and picked up the data from a different photo.

I was scratching my head that a P&S type camera could pull this off given the distance involved & bokeh among other things. I was considering rushing out and picking up a second hand A700.

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OP Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
Correct - a D 60

Wilson,

You are correct these were shot with a D60 using the Canon 100-400 mm lens at full extension. BTW, this is a great lens, albeit a large and heavy lens.

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OP Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
Re: Baby Wood Ducks

Serge 07 wrote:

Jim, those are great shots & an awesome series. You must have one
heck of an eye to spot something like this......the nest was on one
tall tree.

Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the comment. I was probably quite lucky to see them. I had been waiting this spring to capture the male wood duck, which I had done and posted earlier.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1010&message=32030231

However, I was lucky to spot the female once she had taken over the tree for a nest. I have been keeping watch on her for a few weeks, and was lucky that she chose the early morning to leave when I was in the room looking out at her, and not the evening when I may not have been there.

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mkoreiwo Regular Member • Posts: 161
Kudos!

Great series, and shots. Must have been wonderful to witness!

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Hamdan Abdullah Senior Member • Posts: 1,121
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Jim, the shots are fantastic and you did great in capturing them. Wonder how high is their nesting hole from the ground....? Hope you will continue to follow their development after this. Thanks for sharing your experience and your love for the baby ducks. Cheers.

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all a bit blurry, sorry. use faster shutter speed (nt)
n/t
OP Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
A long leap ...

Hamdan Abdullah wrote:

Wonder how high is their nesting hole from the ground....?

Though I didn't measure it, I'd guess that the hole was 20-25 ft off the ground. They leaped into a pile of leaves at the base of the tree.
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OP Jim B (MSP) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,716
Not enough light ...

and it would have been nice. But the ducks decided to leave before dawn, and I shot what I could with the light that I had - the lens is f5.6 at 400mm. If I forced a higher shutter speed, I would have ended up with mostly black photos. I shot in raw and pushed the exposure in the conversion anyway.

I could have used a higher ISO, but once they started jumping I shot with how the camera had been preset.

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Thanks (nt)
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