Over at Ridgevale Beach tonight I came upon this American Black Duck drake, taking a sip of water at sunset.
I could watch Black Ducks preen for hours.
I personally find it mesmerizing; watching as together they all stretch and bend their necks, lift wings and extend limbs as if they were in some advanced yoga class! 😉
Finishing up with a nice cool drink!
Love the one with his eyes closed, lol!
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I couldn’t wait to get down to Forest Beach, once the flakes had stopped falling and the sun was beginning to sink in the West.
And just as I’d imagined, a new frost-covered landscape awaited me.
Some weeks ago I posted this image of three black ducks at Cockle Cove.
I titled it, Brothers Three.
But what I didn’t share was the rest of the story.
I’d headed over to Cockle Cove marsh that day with the camera, right around sunset time.
And before I even got out of the car I could see them. A family of black ducks, paddling right toward me.
And this family was as captivating as any I’d seen.
But, you know how it is when you’re trying to take a family group shot, right?
Someone’s always out of place, not paying attention, messing around.
I was just taking the shot when I noticed that one of them had his eyes closed.
Okay guys, come one now, and I took the next shot —
No, still not quite right, it was hard to see each of them individually, the one in the back almost completely hidden from view.
Okay, let’s try this again.
Okay everybody, let’s give this one more shot.
I guess it pays to be a little patient. 😉