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White-cheeked (Bahama) Pintail

Image # 1D2_00952

Sylvan Waterfowl Center, Scotland Neck, NC

Canon 100-400L IS at 260 mm

ISO 800, f/11, 1/1600 second

Evaluative Metering at -1

Monopod/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimerley Sidekick


I generally don't shoot captive animals anymore, but had to make an exception to this rule to photograph the incredible variety of birds at the Sylvan Waterfowl Center. This center is dedicated to the preservation of worldwide waterfowl, and deserves wide recognition and support. I was just astonished at the beauty and detail in this duck, and even though I know better, would swear that it's smiling at me!