Ring-necked Ducks, A Few Parting Shots
Many of the ducks that are winter residents on our local lakes and ponds will soon be, or already are, winging their way back to their northern breeding grounds. In light of that, I thought it would be appropriate to post a few more images of some Ring-necked Ducks, a species that is certainly among my favorites to photograph.
These beautiful little diving ducks mostly spend their summers in the Canadian provinces (there are a few locations in the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains where they reside year round). So, having them down here for a few months each winter is a real treat.
The seasonal migration of ducks and other species of birds not only signals a change in the rhythms of their life but in mine as well. The weather is beginning to heat up here and local species that have been dormant throughout the winter are starting to emerge. That means a transition in terms of what I look for and what I photograph.
For me, the hotter weather means fewer birds and more reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Partly, that’s a matter of necessity but it’s also a question of choice. Those of you who follow this blog regularly know that I love photographing small fauna. So, the hotter months provide me with opportunities that are absent during the winter just as the winter months enable me to photograph creatures that are long gone during our hot seasons.
Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 400 DO+1.4X Extender, tripod mounted for stability, aperture priority setting. All images taken at ISO 800. The first image shot f6.3 @ 1/500. The second image shot at f6.3 @ 1/320. The third image shot at f8 @ 1/2000. The final image shot at f6.3 @ 1/640.