Waterfowl in my area are normally quite wary. Getting good photographs requires getting close. Long lenses certainly help but even with the big glass the photographer must still be inside hunted waterfowl's comfort zone.
This winter has been much milder than normal and with the temp at 37 before dawn this morning, I decided to check out a local wetland in hopes of finding some early migratory ducks. Walking in through the early morning gloom I spotted a white dot sliding along the surface of the water, the unmistakeable white crest of a male hooded merganser. As the morning passed I could hear the Canada geese and mallards fly out to feed and the hoodie occasionally calling, but nothing swam by my position.
And then suddenly a female hooded merganser was in front of the blind. Success!
Now here are the "behind the scenes" views:
View from inside
I sewed the die-cut camo material around the window to break up the hard line of the window edge and to help conceal movement inside the blind. To break up the outline of the camer & lens I drape a piece of camo die-cut blind material over the camera and tripod.
This year I added a pair of decoys to my gear
I'm hoping that the sight of the decoys will give the real ducks added confidence in aproaching my setup. I'll let you know later if they are a worthy addition.
The complete rig ready to travel
Camera, tripod, folding chair, camera bag, blind, and decoy bag
With the blind on my back, chair on the right shoulder, camera bag & decoys on the left, and the tripod/camera rig over the shoulder, the entire rig can be carried into the field in one trip.