Wood Ducks have always been difficult for me to get a good clean photograph of. The places they like to stay (wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks) is why it has been difficult. When I try to get close they will hide in the brush or fly away. I have gotten lots of photos of them but nothing I like. I have been seeing several at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma this summer. On July 8th, I saw a female Wood Duck perched on a log that was in the water and when I got close she stood up but didn't fly or swim away. I was able to get a few quick shots and I like the way this photo turned out.
I photographed this female Wood Duck from the window of my pickup. My Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens was resting on a beanbag. I also had a Canon EF 1.4X III Telephoto Extender attached to the lens. I was shooting at ƒ/8.0 with single point continuous autofocus. When using the extender on a f/5.6 lens on this camera you are limited to the center autofocus point only at an f/8 maximum aperture. The shutter speed was at 1/1600 of a second and the ISO was at 500. I had the exposure mode set at manual with auto ISO and evaluative metering. White Balance was set on auto.
Wood Duck (Female) - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma