Wood Ducks – McLane Nature Trail

Wood Duck Pair - 131mm, 1/180 @ f/4.5

Wood Duck Pair – 131mm, 1/180 @ f/4.5

I’ve never been this close to wood ducks. They are usually very shy, but I think people have been feeding them at this nature trail.  So they swim by hoping for a handout.

Wood Duck - 200mm, 1/250 @ f/4.5

Wood Duck – 200mm, 1/250 @ f/4.5

I had a tripod, but with the ducks swimming fairly quickly, it was easier to brace my camera on the walkway railing to stabilize it.

Wood Duck - 168mm, 1/250 @ f/4.5

Wood Duck – 168mm, 1/250 @ f/4.5

I cropped each of these photos down from its original size.  Too much space around the birds to do a good job of focusing attention on them.  So the photo you see is not representative of the focal length listed.

The EOS 6D is awesome at wide angle shots because of its full-frame sensor, but the 7D I used to own was much better at this type of photography. Faster focusing, and the 1.6x crop factor made this 200mm lens seem like a 320mm lens.  The big advantage with the 6D is that I can push the RAW files much further in post processing without them getting gritty and noisy.

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