Photo of the Day – October 19, 2017

I See You

Yesterday I checked out a new location where I spent the morning looking for Wood Ducks. It was my first time at that spot so mostly reconnaissance to scope out the site. I was excited to hear their distinctive “oo-eek” calls immediately when I arrived at the marsh so set up my makeshift blind. I had a couple of beautiful drakes come somewhat close, but this young drake came extremely close. In fact, he came too close. In this frame he is using his side vision to get a better look at something suspicious on the shore, me in my blind. And in the next frame he is flying off to another section of the pond. Wood ducks are extremely wary. Therefore, I keep my camera on silent mode and use my 500mm lens with a 2x teleconverter to get the best looks while attempting to remain concealed and discreet. It is still not 100% effective. October 18, 2017

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