Blue Winged Teal

Yes, that is green showing on the male, and was green, but these are Blue Winged Teal. Sitting ducks. Gotta love em. (Especially since you don’t get them all that often.) This is Viera Wetlands in Melbourne FL, without doubt one of the best spots for bird photography in America. A wide variety of birds use the “municipal wetlands”, which is PC speak for a modern sewage treatment plant…one that uses natural marsh vegetation for the final stage of water cleansing…and has been savvy enough to recognize that if they add a few amenities and do a good job of managing the wetlands for birds, they can have a tourist attraction of note…right at the sewage plant. And, as in this case, they can generally get extra funding to do it. The result is a multiple win. The city benefits. The environment benefits. Birds and wildlife benefit. Birders and wildlife watchers benefit. And certainly wildlife photographers of all kinds benefit. That is a lot of win for a single project.

Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL at about 1400mm equivalent. 1/210th @ ISO 100. Exposed at about f5.6.

A little Fill Light and Blackpoint just slightly right in Lightroom. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL.

7 Responses to “1/28/2010”

  1. 01/28/2010 at 7:49 am

    Fabulous shot! They certainly are lovley ducks. And what a WONDERFUL way to use the Waste Treatment plant! LOVE that – wish there were more that did that!!

  2. 3 Wendy Hollands
    01/28/2010 at 9:22 am

    what an awesome shot!! You have really captured their beauty!

  3. 01/28/2010 at 3:07 pm

    Impressive advert for digiscoping – a lot cheaper than big SLR and lens! I really like this one and yesterday’s. More to come, I hope.

  4. 01/28/2010 at 5:22 pm

    Nice shot! Thanks for info on the “municipal wetlands.” Wish more places would do the same. Like you said, it’s a win,win,win!

  5. 01/28/2010 at 8:28 pm

    Wonderful capture of the iridescence and detail of the feathers!

  6. 01/29/2010 at 9:11 am

    never seen one, but great ducks and a wonderful capture!

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