Monday, March 23, 2009

Wood Duck Explosion


Whereas some ducks must patter during take-off the brilliant little Wood Ducks can seemingly leap straight into the air.

Last year, despite my numerous attempts, I was only able to photograph Wood Ducks on the lake on one occasion. This past Saturday morning provided numerous encounters around the lakeshore throughout the morning.

While slowly motoring along the shoreline this drake and his lady allowed me to approach within camera range and shoot quite a bit before tiring of my company. As they became nervous I focused on the drake intent on capturing him as he exploded into flight.

12 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fantastic shot.This type of picture is not the easiest to get.
Blessings,Ruth

Bradley Myers said...

What an awesome action photograph and such a beautiful duck.

ramblingwoods.com said...

That is a great shot..They are such nervous little ducks...

Abe said...

That is a beautiful photograph.

Montanagirl said...

Well, you sure caught him at the right second! Great shot. What kind of camera and lens do you use?

Ivar Ivrig said...

First I read this blog heading in my rss-feeder. Explotion???? What now I thought.. It can´t be..

Well I thought of an other type of explotion. Silly me
:-)

Beautiful catch, Salty.

photowannabe said...

Terrific action shot Salty. I can hear him taking off.

Leedra said...

Well, you had it right there. Awesome photo.

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AphotoAday said...

Those are SUPER, as always!

Chris said...

This is a fantastic shot Coy!!! My god, wonderful!!

fishing guy said...

Salty: Really neat capture of the duck as it explodes upward.

Meggie said...

There is so much to like about wood ducks.....great shot, Salty! You inspire me to pursue more waterfowl in my own area.