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The King Eider is certainly one of the world's most beautiful ducks. The male has a gorgeous, multicolored head and elegant black and white body feathers. They breed in the far northern extremes of North America and Europe in high arctic tundra. I felt very fortunate to find this cooperative bird near Barrow, AK. They were not easy to approach, probably because they are still hunted in several portions of their range.
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Clawedfrog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What an amazing photo! You are one skilled photographer!
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melodi996 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Photographer
you're so lucky to see such wonderful birds!)
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link] representing the most beautiful ducks. Lovely picture!
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cmrlj Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
royal!
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
What a bird, amazing shape and colours to its head. Great capture Judd.
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Ryser915 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow this is freaking awesome. Every King Eider in Massachusetts this year has been a subadult and ratty looking. What a great shot.

Please tell me you got Snow Buntings in summer plumage.
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Absolutely. And many others like Lapland Longspur, Red Phalarope, Rock Ptarmigan, Spectacled Eider, and more! It was a super-fun trip (although it was quite chilly!)
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're ridiculous.
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I try my best. :)
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So it would seem! I thought I was special because I saw trumpeter and tundra swans, but you outducked me. With the days so long, did you have to shoot at crazy hours when the sun was lower?
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
During my stay I took photographs at every single hour of the day. I was prepared to shoot in the sweetest light around midnight, but full sun is a real luxury in Barrow and many times there is a heavy fog until late morning. But even at it's worst, the sun is only 35 degrees above the horizon (about 10AM on a typical Florida morning day), so in Barrow you shoot absolutely anytime you get light!
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool! I can't wait for more shots.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Dang man that things so cool! what in the world were you doing up in Barrow?
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
It's a strange connection, but a lot of Florida universities do research in the arctic and several of my colleagues had been up there. Their snapshots of several crazy bird species convinced me that I just had to visit. I ended up assisting a photography workshop as a scout (meaning I was able to roam freely, do my own thing, and report back...perfect!) It was 12 hours of flying to get there...Costa Rica is only 2.5...so I think I'll focus closer to home for a while. :)
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
thats awesome man! sounds like a good deal. Did you shoot any mammals while in Denali?
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Yes I did, with my best images being Grizzly Bear and Moose...and a few fun grabs of a Lynx!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Nice! its exciting how many Lynx photos have been coming out of Denali lately. Good news. We have them here but only a couple hundred in the state and they are almost never spotted
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
a classic shot.
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oOToetjeOo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist
cool! beautiful bird and the details of his feathers are very good visible :D i like that and it seems like he's smiling xD like: make sure you get me from my best side :3 well done ^^
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Beautiful bird and fantastic capture...What a sighting that must have been.
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Wow! This is beautiful :heart:
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supernova6969 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
what's the lens you use for such sharp shots? do you use tripods?

it's beautiful, like all your other shots
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Yes, I use a tripod a lot with my big 500mm f/4 lens. It's incredible, but heavy (and expensive). :)
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supernova6969 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
thanks. I appreciate you taking the time..
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caybeach Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous :)
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