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Pintails in flooded grasses

Garretson Point, MLK Shoreline, Oakland, CA

The vernal pond received a recent rainfall of 3-4" that flooded the
grasses that had already sprung up in heretofore dry places.
Gnats were everywhere on the waters and the Pintails and Mallards were
nibbling them up. The turquoise of its beak is intense...probably
made more pronounced by being wet.

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/6.3 at 550.0mm iso640, tc 1.4 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Mary Bowles03-Apr-2012 11:55
A wonderful shot, and your focus on the near bird, with his chum bringing up the rear, balances the image beautifully.
It looks comical, somehow, and makes one wish we had sound too.
Thanks for your interesting description of the afternoon.
Guest 02-Apr-2012 15:50
Very nice DOF. v
Guest 02-Apr-2012 15:11
I like the shallow DOF in your image....
Guest 02-Apr-2012 07:33
Great composition. Beautiful capture. v
Astrid Taen02-Apr-2012 05:04
What a wonderful shot! Well done. V
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