Image of the Week

“Undercarriage and flaps down”

Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata). Fancourt, George, Western Cape Province, South Africa.

Canon EOS R5 with Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens and RF 1.4x extender.  Handheld.

ISO 800. 1/3200 sec at f/5.6  Exposure set manually

I am always fascinated by the coloured speculum on the trailing edge of the Yellow-billed Duck’s wings. It often appears green but sometimes it reflects a blue colour, depending on the angle of light. This duck was coming in to land on a pond and the green speculum is clearly visible. I captured a good sequence of the landing.  The duck was quite some distance from me (about 40 to 50 m) but the tracking focus of the R5 got every frame in good focus.