Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tucson ducks

I'm killing some time at the Phoenix airport waiting for a friend to arrive... we're going on a whirwind tour to the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Joshua Tree over the next couple weeks. So for those of you who are tired of all the bird photos, don't worry.... landscapes are coming!

During my few weeks in Tucson, I was focused (almost obsessed) with capturing good in flight photos of Canvasback and Redhead ducks. It may seem funny to be photographing ducks in a desert city, but any pond is an oasis for waterfowl. Out of literally thousands of attempts, here are my best results.

Photo 1: Canvasback drake in flight
EOS 1Ds3; 500mm IS lens + 1.4x TC

Photo 2: Redhead drake in flight
EOS 1Ds3; 500mm IS lens + 1.4x TC


  1. Very nice ducks, I love the one with the landing gear out. My fav is when canadian geese land in the water and their feet flop out, they look so funny.
    Looking forward to the landscapes!

  2. Anonymous6:36 PM

    I love the colours in the water under the second duck, and especially the shadow on the water under the duck, as well. It gives such a sense of depth to the photo.

    I check-in to your blog most days. So generous of you to take us along on your trip.