Arctic Long-tailed Duck
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|Today I went to the fantastic island Öland. It's a true birders paradise and one of the best birding places in Sweden. It's a school holiday this week and my wife and youngest daughter went to Germany for a couple of days so I took the hide and drove to Öland early this morning....|
It was a truly fantastic day with no wind and just a few degrees below zero (Celsius). Unfortunately the sky was all grey despite the forecast but I was all alone on the famous peninsula of Ottenby. This was a great but rather strange feeling as in the peak season it is quite crowded here.
I saw quite a few lovely birds and I will post them in the days to come but I decided to start with this favourite, the Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis/Alfågel). It's a arctic bird the normally spend the winter far away from land. I was lucky and spotted a few of them fishing here. Unfortunately you can not see their incredible long tail when they swim. It is almost as long as the bird itself!
I took this in raw-format for the first time and converted it in Photoshop CS3 beta to jpeg.
PP work in Faststone and Photoshop CS3 beta.
Crop, levels, lightning and a bit hue
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener
Noise reduction with Imagenomic noiseware professional
Copyright and frame in Faststone
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great to see this unique duck, TFS Ori
- [2007-02-19 16:22]
Nice capture of this male Long-tailed Duck, nice and sharp with a nice comp among the rocks. They usually show their long tails after they have been preening and oiled their feathers. Then they are a little higher in the water. This one has a low water line!
TFS, hälsningar, Ivan
Look forward to your other Öland shots!
- [2007-02-20 20:56]
Bravo et merci pour le partage.
Boy, I would love to see one of these ducks. You were lucky. Great capture.
How do you like the 1.4 extender?
Evelynn : )
- [2007-02-21 0:30]
What an amazing looking duck, Bengt.
I really like his markings and colors.
A very rare duck on TN, and probably not often seen in the world.
Great POV with good exposure.
TFS. : )
- [2007-05-15 10:16]
Very nice capture of this beautiful Long-tailed Duck. I liked your low POV and the composition. TFS