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That's One Giant Leap for...

Squad of domesticated ducks make a big thing about a small ditch.

I had only the 100mm macro lens with me, so pressed it into service as a "sporting event" instrument.

That's One Giant Leap for...

Squad of domesticated ducks make a big thing about a small ditch.

I had only the 100mm macro lens with me, so pressed it into service as a "sporting event" instrument.

comments (16)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Aug 2009, 00:27
Captured perfectly sir - the Decisive Moment indeed!
Ray: Versatile macro lens, plus lucky timing...
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Aug 2009, 01:06
Somehow I don't think those famous words were meant for your duckies lol.
Momentous capture. Looks like the front duck is saying ''...let me show you how to do it'' smile
Ray: [grin]
I think the front duck saw himself as the hero..leading the escape from the dreaded one-eyed monster.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 7 Aug 2009, 01:09
It does look like a "shoe-fly," if you ask me, Ray.
Ray: They generated all this panic thing, Ginnie, even though I wasn't close to them...it was all a bit amusing really.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2009, 03:22
Great 'take-off' shot!
Ray: Hit the button at the right time...for a change. Thanks, Beth.
  • MARIANA
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2009, 03:30
Beautiful picture. Such a lovely moment you captured and this gorgeous green is fantastic !
Ray: Thanks, Mariana. The green is young rice...these ducks spend the day grazing and foraging in the rice fields at the edge of the Village.
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 7 Aug 2009, 03:48
In a line waiting for flight clearance. Lovely action image, Ray.
Ray: It does look like the queue at the end of a busy airport runway.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Aug 2009, 04:38
Cleared for launch, nice one Ray
Ray: Thanks, Zed. It a a quite amusing "performance".
I reckon he's going to crash!!
Ray: As I recall Bil, h managed a 3 point landing...two feet and one duck bill...ducks are not he most graceful of flyers, are they.
  • graham pickett
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2009, 08:08
Did you shout "Orange Sauce"at them Ray? Love the natural setting and back ground.I have been trying to grow the small White Egret Orchid,that grows in the wild around the rice field edges,but my cats think it is grass and chew the shoots as soon as they put up the tiny flower spikes.The seeds are the size of small peanuts,and are difficult to propergate in England.
Ray: Thanks for your comment, Graham.

In a week or so I will be showing an orchid [or orchid-like] flower stem I shot in the rice fields not far from these ducks...I occasionally come upon very interesting "weeds" in these places.
It works so well with the leading duck taking off Ray, if it had been one of those behind it wouldn't have been quite as good IMHO.
Ray: I think you are correct about that, Brian...its more like a story than a chaotic act.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 7 Aug 2009, 14:03
Was he pushed or did he jump??
Lovely capture Ray.
Ray: I got the impression he thought of himself as the heroic leader, showing his lesser fellow travellers how it is done.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 7 Aug 2009, 14:45
Great timing
Ray: Thanks, Vintage.
I managed to get a couple of shots of this group making a big deal about this ditch.
I like the rear duck, looks liek he's really wide eyed with anticipation.
Ray: I think he might be the one that created panic by shouting [quacking] "I just saw their dinner menu and it definitely said Main...Roast Duck a l'orange".
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Aug 2009, 15:15
Pushed - that is my take on this action shot. You whispered something about Peking into the 3-some's ears. They decided it best to participate in your scheme to create an action picture.
Nice looking ducks.
Ray: Ha ha.

Perhaps your interpretation is more plausible than my pathetic attempt at reading duck body language.
lol Definitely pushed smile Ur composition sure speaks volumes.
Ray: Ha Ha.

he didn't look like he was pushed...more like showing off, I thought.
A topical title for these ducks.
Ray: A sort of 40th anniversary re-enactment by the "Travelling Duck Players".

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