Working my way through my archives I found these ring-necked duck shots from March of 2010.
Ring-necked ducks pass through Pennsylvania during their spring and fall migrations. Nesting on ponds and marshes in the boreal forest of Canada and wintering in the southern US states they spend only a few weeks passing through southern Pennsylvania.
Ring-necked ducks are divers however unlike other divers they can leap into the air without pattering. In this photo a male can be seen surfacing. Look closely and you will see that the surface tension of the water causes him to looks as if his head is encased in plastic.
I photographed these ducks at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management area. The images are cropped more that what I would have preferred but getting close to waterfowl is not a viable option at most of the Middle Creek viewing spots.