I almost had them...

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© May Lattanzio
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UploadedMarch 31, 2015
TakenMarch 25, 2015
Exposure1/125 sec at f/5.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length17.4 mm
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Wood ducks. Took this from a little boatside dock that's 5 inches from the waterline. I had been in this spot for an hour. The day was beautiful. I was trying to do some bird watching, but they were watching me.

Wood ducks are very shy, very wary of motion. So I was lying on my stomach watching fish jump.

Then I saw a little grebe and following it were six wood ducks, 4 males, 2 females. I couldn't believe my eyes. Fumble fingers moved too fast, scared the grebe who dove and disappeared, and the wood ducks spun around and paddled to the size of white and black specks which IF you STRAIN your eyes, you can see them up ahead, the 4 males. The 2 females are behind the cattail island.

Tonight I walked over and frightened a pair who were swimming where I had been lying!
I'm guessing I have to put my camo netting over me, crawl down Cory's driveway and stalk them that way.

This isn't an easy task when you don't have a long lens.

They took off screaming epithets at me and I don't blame them.

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  • David de London

    David de London gave props (30 Mar 2015):

    Love the colors and detail. Nicely done

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (30 Mar 2015):

    Oh sure...you can barely make out the wood ducks. Squint. HARD. ;c)

  • Geoff Plant

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  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio said (3 Apr 2015):

    A useable wood duck photo is my goal for the summer and fall. Tonight I walked over to the water and instead of using the driveway moved over to the right and sort of hid behind these 3 large trees on my way to the water. I saw them! A pair. Had the camera all ready and they were as surprised as I was. I got a blur as they rose. I went over to the dock, called my lonely, injured Muscovy drake who hasn't got a mate, and eventually, he came. He left. I sat watching the clouds and I heard a splash. The male wood duck had returned and in the time it took to turn my head, he was up and flying again. I left. I think they are residents nearby. Don't have the heart to startle them at night.

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