Originally Posted by fluffy penguin
are the females so bright aswell?
No, the females look more like ordinary ducks.. they have a light brownish colour.
Originally Posted by Ian
Use of flash when photographing birds and other wildlife - that's a very good point; many pro wildlife photographers use flash in certain circumstances and is worth a try if lighting is not ideal.
In this case, though, as you were using what is, in effect, a 300mm lens, the built in flash of your camera may not have been powerful enough to be of much help?
yes, it may not have been very effective but it did help bring out the colours slightly and it also put a nice little twinkle in his eye... It would have been better to use an external flash-device... that's probably a good future investment for me.
I usually only shoot pictures when there's plenty of sunlight.. but this was a vacation-picture and I naturally brought my camera along despite the poor weather..