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Let sleeping ducks lie

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bassman, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    Took my new 35-100/2.8 out for a walk the other day. It was grey and gloomy about an hour before sunset, not that you could see any sun.

    E-M1, 35-100/2.8 @ 100/8, ISO 1600, 1/8s.

    20141205-Celery Farm-_SGA0091.
     
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  2. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    I wonder why ducks put their bills under their wings like that. I mean... you are smelling your own armpits while you sleep...
     
  3. CPTKILLER

    CPTKILLER Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 8, 2014
    Austin, Texas USA
    Jim Phipps
    Nap time for ducks!

    Nice shot.
     
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  4. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    Maybe they were cold?
     
  5. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    See them do it here in Australia as well. Maybe its just soft and comfortable to rest your head on a set of fluffy feathers.
     
  6. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2014
    Sleeping with their head tucked on their back allows birds to rest their neck muscles and also makes for better heat conservation.
     
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  7. pcake

    pcake Mu-43 Regular

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    May 3, 2010
    love that pic - how close were you?
     
  8. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    pcake - thanks.

    I dunno - 10 or 15 feet, maybe. It's shot @100mm and slightly cropped, really just to adjust the composition. 100mm is not really long enough for birding. I was in a reserve called the Celery Farm, which is neither a farm nor does it have any evidence of celery. It's a marshy area in Allendale, the next town from me, that has a very quiet stream - cleverly named Allendale Brook - running along the edge of a path.
     
  9. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Massive heat loss through respiration. Inhale (as well as exhaling the same) the slightly warm air under the feathers and near the skin really helps mitigate heat loss even with lowered metabolisms during resting periods. Also nice to rest the neck - we do make pillows stuffed with feathers as well.


    As this is duck hunting season it is very hard for me to appreciate the restful moment without the urge to harvest game. Thanks for tormenting me ...
     
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  10. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott

    Well, I did shoot them, after all ...
     
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  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Cool shot - great color and I like the glimpse of he leaves under the water. :cool:
     
  12. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    Thanks, Bob. The water was remarkably still that day.