Duckling

Australian Wood Duck.

Almost as cute as a penguin.

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#266 in Explore for Sept 11 2006.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 9th September 2007, This photo: 2:42pm

Previous Photo: Hiding under Mum
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Comments

  • beaumitchell said:
    Cute... nice detail and focus.
  • picsbymac said:
    Oh, so soft looking. The detail is great David.
  • Sunny Melons said:
    I'm going to die of cute overload!
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Very cute indeed,
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    They are adorable. Lovely detail in the fluffy feathers
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, twas quite the treat finding them.

    Aren't they just adorable ?

    hehehe

    Thanks Nicole :)

    Much appreciated Alexandra. :)
  • ronnietan said:
    very nice, all the little feathers are sharp
  • beachut (John) said:
    Great looking pic David
  • borealnz said:
    Aww...what a wee cutie David!!!

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  • David de Groot said:
    Taken with an impressive lens - I was about 4 or 5 meters away (at a guess).

    Thanks :)

    Aye, very cute indeed :)
  • heidi_K said:
    This little one os just so cute - I have to add it to my favorites!
  • David de Groot said:
    Understandably :)
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Sharp as a tack David and oh yes, they are cute LOL.
  • David de Groot said:
    Very much so Jeff, but then that's what you get with a $6k lens (L glass) :)
  • aTia.K said:
    So Sweet!
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  • traceyisanozzy said:
    Oh David where's my red alert for the cuteness shots? This is just ADORABLE!!!! How gorgeous! Send me a dozen please!! :-D

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks All :)

    Ummm, well I did hint there'd be more ducklings earlier Tracey ;-)

    My only misgiving is the partial duckling on the right, it would have been good to frame it without this one in there, but my long lens technique needs some practice.
  • traceyisanozzy said:
    Ah so you did, sorry, lol....what with work and all, not enough hours in a day for more flickr damn it! ;-)
    I wouldn't worry about the partial duckling, it leads the imagination to wanting to view your next lot of cuteness shots ;-)
  • Xingar1 said:
    this is really marvelous

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  • BlueBec said:
    Gorgeous shot. I would love to keep these as pets
  • obakesan said:
    David
    nice shot of the duckling. Wondering if you've got any comments to make about the focus accuracy of the 300 f2.8 on your EOS? I'm thinking of getting the f4 myself and moving back to a 5D and an APS-C camera (currently on micro 4/3 after some years in EOS). Feel free to PM me with remarks or follow up here if you prefer :-)
    Thanks
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellicle] The 300/2.8 is phenomenal when it comes to fast, accurate focussing, even on a cheap EOS body. The f/4 is supposedly very similar in speed and accuracy. Both are very sharp.
    The 5D (and 5DII) autofocus isn't fantastic, but with centre spot it performs well enough (not a sports camera though). In the APS-C range, the 7D can't be beat. AF is vastly better than any of the other APS-C bodies (but probably not as good as the 1DIV which I love for it's accurate AF and better focus point positioning).
  • obakesan said:
    thanks
    I had focus issues with 10D and then 20D on some lenses. It was enough to soften things and obviate the benefits of the better lens. When I started on m4/3 it was to have a lightweight replacement for hiking, but I soon found that with a FD300f4 I was getting better focus manually than I was with AF. Of course there is no tracking. Some situations have had me wondering if I'd prefer to go back to the AF systems again. But in shooting through foliage I wonder if I'd be struggling again. I can get this sort of thing with the manual system, but it requires a bit of dedication in time and patience.

    also the 4/3 essentially gives me x1.3 teleconvertor without the teleconverter ... anyway thanks for your thoughts :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellicle] The key to the Canon 9 point AF is to use the Centre point and recompose for most situations (if shooting very shallow DoF you will need to continue with an outer point if required). However on the 7D and 1D series, the outer points actually work and can be relied on fairly well.