Mallards in motion

As spring takes hold, you can find ducks busy wherever there is water.  Whether it is at a lake still mostly covered with ice or a pond that is not much more than a puddle in a field, a male and female pair are often there paddling, wading, fishing or cleaning.  I found this couple in a shallow depression where snow melt had collected.  The light was warm gold and I thought they looked absolutely beautiful.

As I slowed down, I flushed them into the air.  I was disappointed in myself as I’d prefer to wait until they chose to fly on their own accord.  Still, it was a transitory location for them and one that was close to the roadside so I didn’t carry too much concern away with me after watching them launch and head away.

11 responses

  1. I love mallards, and all of these are marvelous. They remind me of the duck stamps my dad used to buy. The artwork was phenomenal, and many of the poses were similar to the ones you’ve caught here.

    March 29, 2017 at 10:40 am

    • I loved those paintings of the ducks in flight that made it on to stamps – cool to be reminded of those – thank you!

      April 2, 2017 at 10:01 am

  2. Magnificent photos!
    Alison

    March 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm

  3. They have such a presence about them. I love ducks and find their “ordinariness” outstanding. The couples are beautifully in tune, attached to each other.

    March 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    • Thank you Cynthia. I agree with you – they are beautiful birds and great to watch them in their pairs.

      April 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

  4. These simply made me smile… 🙂 Thank you!

    March 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

  5. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

    March 28, 2017 at 5:16 am

  6. taikunping

    picture 3 is my favourite, awesome photos, great presence, you captured the moment well, thanks so much for sharing, Tai

    March 28, 2017 at 1:27 am

  7. Great Pics Christopher. I love the water disturbance in Pic 2. Well done. Be happy.

    March 28, 2017 at 12:29 am

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