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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/20/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Redhead

(Aythya americana)

Where: Richmond, VA • Byrd Park

Notes: Every once and a while there is a visitor at a refuge or a local park that seems a bit out of place. Thanks to today's technology, these occurrences can be passed along to others with similar interests almost immediately. Having read the announcement about the unusual location of this migrant, I decided to go take a look at my first opportunity. Visiting that lake had produced some good photos before of other duck species. I attribute this to the fact that they were use to the traffic and people passing by. One of the benefits to observers is that when birds like these decide to stay at such a busy location, they often become acclimated to human presence and are much less skittish than usual. This conditioning can provide an excellent opportunity for bird lovers and nature photographers to get views from a relatively close distance that otherwise would not likely happen in a more rural setting. The birds still retreat toward the center of the lake for safety when joggers, bicycles, large trucks or sirens go by. But they soon paddle back the feed on the preferred vegetation that grows around the edge of the shallow inner city park pond. There is something quite handsome about this drake, perhaps it is his smooth rounded profile or his striking black breast patch that contrasts with his copper colored head. What ever it is, this is one beautiful bird!

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iPhotoBirds Print Redhead (REDH-H-1298)

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/2500 second • Aperture = f 5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 02-14-12

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