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PIC OF THE WEEK: 07/14/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

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Wood Ducks

(Aix sponsa)

Where: Seymour, IN • Muskatatock National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: On our way northward towards Wisconsin, we stopped for the night at about the halfway point of our journey. While looking at our location on a map on the internet, I noticed a large green area just across the highway from our accommodations for the night. Upon further investigation, it turned out to be the Muskatatock NWR, which is noted for its great Wood Duck habitat. So we decided it was worth an exploratory look. Early the next morning, before continuing the final seven hour leg of our trip, we found the loop road that wanders through the refuge. We crept along slowly in the vehicle, we passed forested areas edged with Blue Grosbeaks and Yellow Warblers, there were also open scrubby fields with Meadow Larks, Goldfinches and Henslow's Sparrows. Then as we came upon an open wetland area and noticed a scurry of activity, breaking the water's still surface. One after another these little ducklings followed their mother from the Cattails out to this log. From the far end, they waddled their way across the log, lined up in a row, and sat down tight against their nearest sibling. There were twelve in all, with Mom standing in the middle. For some unknown reason, the mother duck stepped over and bopped one of the babies on its head, as if to scald it. Maybe it did not finish its breakfast? Or make its bed? Or put its toys away? But its Mommy sure got its attention, whatever the reason.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/500 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 560 mm • ISO = 3200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~75 Feet • Date Shot: 05-25-14

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