Greater Scaup Meditation – Day 26 (Part II)

The sundown moments I had with this (my very first) Greater Scaup this past week were some of the most special of my short time photographing wildlife.

There are no words to describe what it feels like to be crouching down…

Waiting for a bird to relax, as I relax.

It’s almost a meditation, requiring focus, patience — and good knees!  😉

This beautiful Lady rewarded me.

And then some.

Ducks in a Row – Day 4

It was a morning of fretfulness and unease as I pulled into the harbor, my head filled with worries about a project that had left me feeling all at loose ends.

I knew that what I needed more than anything was to get my ducks in a row, so I could get back to enjoying the project again.

Unable to relax, I was just about to leave the harbor when I spotted her.

A female Mallard duck, perched on the slipway, head tucked, taking a nap.

And a lovely Lady she was indeed!

But I wasn’t the only one to notice, for in no time a charming Gentleman Mallard swam up and hopped onto the slipway beside her.

He looked my way, just once…

And then joined her in a snooze.

Then along came another Lady Mallard…

And another Gentleman as well.

It was a Slipway Party!

Some lively chatter commenced, a little preening and a lot of bill scratching.

And when the three visitors heard something across the harbor, they all popped up and looked just like little soldiers at attention.

Yet through it all, our first Lady Duck had not moved, not one inch.

She seemed so at ease, I envied her calm.

And then, I smiled.

She was resting easy.

She had all her ducks in a row.  😉

It was time for me to head home to my project, and do the same!

The Zen of Preening

I could watch Black Ducks preen for hours.

A daily avian ritual, preening helps keep feathers oiled and supple, well-aligned for flight, and free of dust and parasites.

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!  😉

Every single feather is tended to in a deliberate, methodical fashion, from head to tail they go.

Reaching even those hardest-to-get-to places!  😉

And the reward for all this hard work?

Finishing up with a nice cool drink!

Then it’s right back to paddling and dabbling for these plucky little ducks.

Off you go now!   😉