Mallard fly-in - Fleetwood Park Pond

Male Mallard flying back into the pond area at the Fleetwood Park on Friday afternoon 12-26-2008. You don't always see them when they fly in but I noticed that the fly-ins are usually precipitated by a distinct series of calls from the Mallards already at the pond. If you hear those calls, it's a sure bet that company is dropping by any second.


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Enough people emailed me about settings that I thought I would just post them here instead of emailing back...:


Nikon D300 (hand held)

Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 AVS-VRG lens with VR set to normal mode

ISO 500

Aperture F4

Shutter 1/2000 of a second

Manual Exposure Mode

14 bit RAW format

No flash

Duck flying into the pre-magic hour sun which was setting to my right.


Processed using ACDSee Pro for RAW conversion and Photoshop CS2 for editing. Noise Ninja for taking care of ISO noise and Fred Miranda's Velvia Vision plug-in for Photoshop for warming the colors.


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Taken on December 27, 2008