Sunday, 30 March 2008

These little black ducks

Pacific black ducks (Anas superciliosus) are almost ubiquitous in Australia. Any water body larger than a bathtub is likely to sport a couple of ducks on the lookout for a feed of stale bread.

I've been guilty of overlooking these and other common species in favour of the less abundant or more colourful species. Or, indeed, the less abundant and more colourful species. Well, you know, I'm only human.

But now my new lens and camera combo is encouraging me to see them in another way. Not in a novel way, but the way in which I viewed them when they were new to me. And they're worth watching.

So here are some portrait shots of Pacific black ducks on a local pond. I heart my new camera gear.

No bread was thrown to obtain these pictures!


Tracey said...

Ha ha. I love it! I have a Nova Scotian Duck Tolling Retriever I could lend you for a bit more action! I'm sure she'd love ducks.

Snail said...

What a great dog to have!

Lynsey said...

I love the very first photo in particular. What is the mystic hardware combo in use?

Tracey said...

Dunno about great dogs. There's a list of ten reasons not to have them, and I must say that yodelling can be quite annoying! (Cute at times, though.)

Snail said...

Lynsey, it's a Nikon D200 with an 80 - 400 mm VR zoom. I'm still getting used to it. I should probably practice on things that don't move quite as quickly as birds! Like the furniture.

Snail said...

Tracey, I'm thinking about getting a basenji when I move north. A friend of mine had one. They're yodellers too, aren't they? Also v. cute.