A Duck and Some Luck

A mallard drake duck just touching the water on the lake.
Safe Landing

It is said that you make your own luck. One way or another luck often seems to play a part in wildlife photography, whether we are talking about the plains of central Africa or just the local lake. Here’s a lucky catch of a duck, wings flared for his landing, just millimetres above the water, with a nice reflection in the ripples.

This was taken a couple of years ago, and needed a bit of re-processing. Since this shot I have never been able to repeat it in better lighting, despite being there with the right lens and settings. But, come spring, there will hopefully be good reason to try and catch the ducks AND swans landing.

Let’s see how lucky I can be.

For the photo fiends, the duck was shot with a Canon EOS 450D and Sigma 70-300mm f/4 – 5.6 APO zoom at 263mm, 1/500 @ f/10 at ISO 400.

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