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Lots of Wind and Light - May Beginnings (MODIFIED)

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    Posted: 02 May 2021 at 06:19
A windy morning at Huntley Meadows.

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2a. Isolating the mallard fight



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7. (deleted the old #7, this was #8)



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9. Takeoff



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Babies of different sorts

15. Young mallard



16. Young merganser




17. Young gosling



18. Interrupting a snack



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20a. (old #20)



21. Aftermath



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Edited by Almazar80 - 03 May 2021 at 00:31
 



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Spring certainly looks good Winston. I see you tried more of an artistic approach in some, in #3 it works best for me. Of the traditional shots #13 works very well. TFS    .
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What was all the splashing in #2, ducks fighting?

I'm a fan of #6 the water - my kind of shot For some reason I like it better than #3, I'm not sure why, maybe because it's more "minimal".
I like #9 with the motion blur, but I think I am distracted by the branch sticking up on the left, I would probably have cropped off the left to the stump.

Also in the album was the poor osprey getting harassed by a crow???

Great change of plans on a windy day, very creative!
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Thanks for the comments. I made some changes to the set. I reprocessed some images (2,4,9), changed the images for 7 and 8, added another picture of the young merganser (20, 20a), added the picture of the "injured" mallard and changed the last picture. Yes, it was indeed mallards fighting. I wasn't quite ready to take the picture, but I think the blur added to the image. It was amazing that one mallard was basically still, watching what was going on. The five mallards flew into the pond whereupon four of them got into a tussle.

Two young mergansers were separated from their mother and the rest of the brood. They were swimming around the pond, looking for mom (who was hiding in the greenery). I hope that mom found the two missing kids, otherwise it's not going to end well for the two.

The crows seem to enjoy bothering the snacking osprey, perhaps hoping that it would drop the snack. Alas, the osprey just flew off.

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Beautiful set.
#3 and #5 look like late Monet paintings.
Lovely to see the northern Spring from the darkening days and slow decay of the southern Autumn.
The portraits of the hatchlings and other bird shots are all a joy to see. I like the cardinal, as its so exotic to me, including its blurred action take-off.
The Zen sun worship tells the story, and #23 is an aesthetically pleasing and fitting finale.
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