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Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck
Photo Information
Copyright: Eric Reuter (reutere) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 26] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D and Battery Grip, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1024 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-27 14:47
Viewed: 2660
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was one of those rare moments. On the jetty at Barnegat Light, New Jersey. One of the few places in the United States where you can see these ducks in winter. I happened to have lived within a few miles of here. On this very cold morning, the surf was very heavy. The ducks actually prefer the fast moving water and rough conditions! I was standing on the rocks (which is extremely dangerous in and of itself, let alone when trying to get close to these birds). I was timing the waves as they came in to try to get shots of them splashing over the birds. I got a few nice captures, this being the best.

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Hi Eric what a handsome and dapper drake you grace TN with-outstanding!I like these ducks very much and there are no others that look quite like them.Reading your note tells me that they are tough little guys and living where they do in rough water probably keeps them safe from predators.I have seen and photoed them as well and I know your colours are spot on.The image is very sharp and clear and the dynamic of the water just makes it even more interesting.Thank you for sharing this handsome duck with us all,he is a keeper!


hi Eric,
a lovely bird frozen during an action. nice. am yet to see this bird. waiting :)
good light that you have got. and what a moment!
thanks for sharing with us.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-27 19:51]

Hello Eric,
An awesome action shot and filled with eyecatching colors and fine detail. This particular duck has always been one of my favorites. Well done!!

amazing duck and a great picture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-28 2:21]

Hello Eric,
Great photo!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-08-28 14:20]

Hi Eric
great capture in perfect pose. Amazing sharpness and lovely water running over the feathers

OH this is MY FAVORITE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! senSATIONAL!!!!!!! AHHH So glad you shared this with us all and your NOTE, Slippery wet and cold shot makes this a keeper of emotion totally embossed in this photo. INDEED perfect in every way; from still motion, white balance and your joy only magnified for us to witness.

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