I am here in West Memphis, Arkansas visiting my sister and have been here since just before Thanksgiving. For most of the time here I have been without a camera or lens as I had to leave town hurriedly for a family emergency. So, I had not photographed anything since early November. However, at the beginning of this month, I was able to get a few pieces of my camera gear.
Since receiving some of my camera gear and since receiving a new lens as a gift from my sister, I have started to look for and scout out photography opportunities in the West Memphis, Arkansas area. Last weekend I did go to the local park here called Tilden Rodgers Park to see if I could find any type of wildlife to photograph so that I could try out my new lens and photograph for the first time in a long time. Well, there was not much wildlife there around the pond area of the park except for several domesticated ducks hanging out. So, I photographed the domesticated ducks which where 3 white ducks known as American or White Pekin, a mallard drake, and 2 hybrids from what I assume were from a White Pekin duck and the Mallard.
My new lens is a Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus lens. This lens has so far produced some excellent images with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera. I have used this new lens as a short telephoto lens and as a macro lens. On the lens, there is a switch to use in macro mode which gives a macro range of 180-300mm.
Anyways, back to these domesticated ducks I photographed at Tilden Rodgers Park in West Memphis, Arkansas. I found this group of the 6 ducks close to the water’s edge near a gazebo on the pond. I was able to kneel down to get as low down as I could in order to photograph these ducks. I did take quite a few images of these ducks.
After returning to my sister’s house and reviewing my images, I was very pleased with how good and sharp these images were using my new Tamron lens.
Also, I was curious to know more about these domesticated ducks and did some research on the White Pekin. I learned that these white domesticated ducks were originally bred from the Mallard in China. Nowadays, the White Pekin ducks are bred all over the world and are used primarily for egg and meat production. I never knew those white domesticated ducks were originally bred from Mallards which makes sense to me now as I have usually seen a Mallard among the White Pekin ducks in the past.
Here is a collection of my images of the White Pekin, Mallard and the White Pekin X Mallard hybrids. It was quite interesting to see the difference in the coloring of the two offspring of the White Pekin and Mallard. Not only was it a good outing to test out my new lens, but I ended up learning more about these domesticated ducks.
Stay tuned as I will be writing a review of this Tamron lens in a future blog post. In addition, to this outing to Tilden Rodgers Park, I have also been using the macro setting with this lens to photograph flowers and some other subjects, images of which I will share in my review post of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus lens.
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Lori A Cash
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