At a small pothole along the road we observed two pairs of Northern Shovelers
A male Northern Shoveler shows off his namesake, his unusually large shovel shaped bill
Suddenly one of the males took a short flight landing in the middle of the pothole. I wasn’t ready for his take-off but I was ready for his splash-down.
Shot just a moment later, water is still flying as he coasts to a stop
The entire Middle Creek experience would have been worthwhile if this had been the only photographic encounter of the day as this is a species that I have only ever once encountered at the lake I frequent. That encounter did not result in any good images as it was too early in the morning when light levels were to low for sharp images of moving subjects