Just down the road from where we were staying in Wanganui is Victoria Lake. As with my city based parks it contains a large selection of waterfowl that are not scared of people. Why would they when on a daily basis these two legged creatures show up with food.

Now all of my friends know that I do not traditionally shoot birds, so I decided to test my  ability to capture them. I put my 70-200mm lens on the camera but rather than try to capture traditional shots like the one below.

A very traditional image of a white swan

A very traditional image of a white swan

I decided that I wanted to produce more portrait types shots and get in quite close to them. The technique was working brilliantly until the battery in the camera died.

Not sure what type of bird this one is

Not sure what type of bird this one is

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Thus guy was very talkative in trying to encourage us to feed him

Thus guy was very talkative in trying to encourage us to feed him

I was a little disappointed that this is cropped a little too tight

I was a little disappointed that this is cropped a little too tight

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