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Harlequin Duck

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Art in Nature Winner

Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards

HARLEQUIN DUCK

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey, USA

by Christoph Belanger

Tarrytown, New York, USA

“Harlequin ducks are one of my favorite duck species. I love the way they look. Every January I make a point to go to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, where many congregate in the winter.

“This photo was taken at the end of a day of shooting, just as I was about to pack up. The light was getting low and this duck was looking squarely away from me. I set up my tripod and composed the image to highlight the beautiful patterns on his back. It was the only shot I took of this pose.”

Canon EOS 20D; 500mm lens; 1/100 sec at f/9; digital capture at ISO 400; Gitzo 1340 tripod with Arca-Swiss ball head.

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