Photographer's Note

In order to improve my technics, I wanted to share something quite new today. I’m not as lucky as Callie de Wet :) who has wonderful National Parcs around him, so I headed for the closest pond.

As Mathiasmo said it for Airin’s shot, it is a Mandarin duck I caught in the nearby pond of the Bercy park this afternoon.

I made a first attempt to get some pictures with my 420 mm teleconverter two or three weeks ago but the day was not that sunny and I decided to choose a 1/30s exposure so as to have enough light. When I came back home I discovered that all my pictures (about 30) were blurry... I was really disappointed.

So today, I was back for revenge with a less idiot setup (and some more sun...) which enabled me to come back home with few interesting shots.

I made some research and discovered that the beautiful male (I guess it's his wife by his side) loose his bright colors at the end of spring when the reproduction period is over. Originally coming from China, it was a sacred bird which embodied the faith in wedding. This lovely duck is said to be quite adaptable as he’s quite skilled at swimming, flying but also walking compared to other duck’s species.

No cropping, just an automatic level applied.

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