Merganzers and Ring-necked Ducks

Yesterday afternoon, while the weather was still nice, we went back to the Sunset Lake.  A beautiful warm, windless afternoon, and the ducks were still plentiful.  A plethora of Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Scaups, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, and in the middle of all, one  lone Hooded Merganzer.  The merganzer was a lifer for me, and I managed to get a nice photograph.  The pictures you in see in yesterday’s post were taken with my Canon 100-400mm lens.  When we went back yesterday, I took my 500mm f4 IS  lens.  I attached a 1.4 teleconverter, then set up my tripod.

That Canon 7D continues to amaze me.  Outstanding pictures, if I do say so myself.  But the credit goes to the camera and lens.  The Hooded Merganzer was the most difficult.  He was far out in the lake, much farther than the other ducks, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to crop close enough to get a usable image.  But as you can see below, I didn’t need to worry.

Hooded Merganzer

Ring-necked Duck

In other news, I received an e-mail from Sue Oliver.  She said that she saw three Tundra Swans, out at Lake Nasworthy near the Red Bluff housing area.  That is quite a find.  I may try to get out to check and see if they are still hanging around

Happy Birding!!