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Ducks on a pond

I had planned to implement some new photography projects and services this year. However, with the Corona Virus and Social Distancing my plans like many of your plans are now on hold.

One service I was planning to gear up for this year was offering photography workshops. My first series of workshops was to begin the first week of April. I wanted to lead workshops on photographing migrating birds in our area. I wanted to lead this series of workshops at Eldridge Park.

I have already set the dates for these workshops next year: Migratory Bird Photography

While I wasn’t able to offer the workshop and have a group of people present to share the experience with I wanted to carry out my day the way I would have if I had been holding the workshop. So I went to Eldridge Park anyway to photograph migratory birds.

I added some photographs from this trip to my Waterfowl gallery.

There are always a lot of birds at Eldridge Park so sometimes it can take a minute to spot the newcomers. Eventually I spotted the small cluster of ducks floating out on the water near the middle of the pond. I could view them through my camera lens and tell that they were a group of male and female ring-necked ducks. It also turned out there was one Rudy duck hanging out with the group as well.

I walked around the lake to get to the point where I was closest to the ducks I wanted to photograph. I decided to sit and watch them for a while and see if they would come closer to where I was. They moved around some, but never came close enough for any really good photographs, which seems to always be the case when I see ring-necked ducks at Eldridge Park. The lone Rudy duck did come a little closer and I captured a decent image of it.

As I watched and waited for the migratory birds to present me with an opportunity for photographs I turned my attention to the mallards hanging out right nearby. The mallards at the park are not very afraid of humans because they are often fed. One pair of mallards, a male and female, hung out right near me the entire time. I watched them and tried to take some photographs from different angles of the ducks behaving in different ways. I tried to take photographs that would be unlike most photographs I would take. I wasn’t able to get any great photos of the migrants but did get these interesting photos of mallards.

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