We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Nice picture. I just bought the FZ28 a month ago and have taken about 500 photos with it by now. It is an absolutely SUPERB camera, especially for travel. In terms of sharpness, the photos I have taken with it are as good as, if not better than, those I've taken of the same scene with an expensive Canon XSi+24-105 mm L series lens, which is considered to be one of Canon's best lenses. At one-fifth the price, the FZ28 outshines my Canon. The large zoom capability of the FZ28 and the HD video clips it makes can hardly be beat. Even handheld photos I've taken out to the full optical+digital zoom range of 800 mm are sharp enough for 4 X 6 prints. The only minor issue I have with the FZ28 is the standard white balance settings. For my taste, I find the colors of the FZ28's JPEG photos much too biased toward the blues (too high a color temperature). I now correct for that by using a warming filter, which is more convenient than adjusting the factory white balance settings or creating a custom white balance of my own.
Enjoy! I look forward to seeing more of your nature photos in the future.
Nice picture--nice duck. However, I need to ask a question: I saw this exact same type of duck last week. The only difference was the color of the head; where this duck has that beautiful emerald green, the duck I saw had an amazing royal blue. Do you know about the different coloration, is it a different category?
You may have been lucky enough to have seen one of the extremely rare, artistically altered 'decoy ducks', which come into being every 18 or 20 years or so when a huntsman in a hurry who paints his own decoys has run out of green paint.
I saw one once, in my garage, that I had painted myself.