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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) - male

It's shots like this that make me love bird photography. In a way, it's an accident that I got this shot. I was lining up for a pair of harlequins when another photographer walked right in front of me. So, I had to move to a different spot and lay down on the rocks to get a different pair.

It wasn't until later that I realized that I had the VR turned off on my lens - and got this remarkably clear shot. I've been struggling with the clarity of my shots for a while, and now I'm wondering if the VR (vibration reduction) might have actually been the problem.

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