Female Wood Duck
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It is our practice to ask other photographers what they have seen in the reserves we visit. Often this leads to interesting chats, and some great friends and contacts.
It is also increasingly the case that we find clumps of photographers photographing the same thing (duck, turtle, bird etc.). Often with all the cameras going off it can sound like a shooting range.
This photograph is a result of walking away from one such episode to see what else was going on. It is not a case of being anti-social, but generally such activity having scattered the animals makes it likely you will find something interesting a little further on.
This duck was hiding about ten feet away on a very muddy flat. It was the moody light that caught my eye, the duck just watched as I took a few shots. You will note that some of the foliage covers part of the bird, which breaks up the patterns a bit.
It’s great to share facts and finds in the field but given the need for quiet and stealth, nature photography is not a crowd activity.