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MiguelATF

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Miguel Tejada-Flores
Glimpsed this pair of male Ring-necked Ducks at a local southern Oregon creek this morning. One of them decided to raise up suddenly and flap the excess moisture from his wings---

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MiguelATF

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Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
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Miguel Tejada-Flores
This blackbird was perched on a fence behind my house. It started flying and I took a few pictures as it 'took off'--

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I was using a relatively fast shutter speed; not quite fast enough to freeze it, but almost---

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You can see it's lost a few feathers from its left wing; will they grow back, I wonder? or is this the 'new normal' for this blackbird?

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Something about those flashes of red and yellow gets to me.

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Birds really have marvelous physiological engineering, when you think about it.

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As it flew farther and farther away from the distant human holding the camera, it passed by another bird, sitting on another wire, which (and I'm really going out on a limb here, imagining) wasn't that interested in the flight-path of its avian cousin---

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This BIF (Birds-in-Flight) stuff is a lot harder to do than I ever realized. It's going to take practice, honing my eye, and... some luck.
 

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