As I walk by the river bank, I spotted a group of ducks chilling out in the river. There's quite plenty of them and with sunrise, is such an opportunity to take pictures. The river reflecting such golden light and the ducks' feathers glistening all around. One can never go wrong with such a breath-taking scene, right?
I've noticed these 3 stayed together for the hour I've spend with them. It seems they're siblings or just another group within this huge cluster.
The pump action of my lens was surprisingly easier to use on flying ducks. The hard part was to catch up with them flying. It's usually just luck as I focus on other swimming ducks then move my lens whenever I hear wing flaps.
|Footprints in the Snow|
Seeing so many ducks around, this one long footprint attracted me. Wondering which of these ducks walked alone for about 12 meters. Meanwhile, the song, "Footprints in the Sand" kept ringing on my ear while looking at this.
I always thought ducks are like pigeons. I keep seeing pictures and videos of people feeding them in the open. Apparently, it's not a walk in the park. These ducks are not social! At about 100 feet from me, they'd start swimming away and alarming every other ducks. They're very far, it's frustrating even with my 80-200mm lens.
One example of why I need a lot more practice. This is an ugly shot but it's one of the sharpest ones I took, that it hurts having to delete. So I tried to find a way to use it.
I'm guessing there's some sort of crash-course for birding. I know I saw forums of it but never really got into it. I rarely see other birds here besides ducks, pigeons, and herons. And I don't think I have the patience to climb up a mountain top and wait there for hours just to get a good shot of a bird. I can't even move slowly in this river bank just to get close enough to these ducks!
But the session ended with me fully refreshed and back on the saddle of photography. It's my first set of photographs after some months of hibernating. It's time for me to study these pictures and see if I can better myself taking them next time. It was a good day.