then the male
But of course there were other ducks to focus on - Wigeon, Pintail, Teal and Mallard. I was keen to try to capture them as they adjusted their speed, height and attitude for landing. I think that moment gives the greatest variety of action poses and I really like my birds to be doing something! This is such a rewarding challenge that I plan to return to Greylake as soon as possible to have another go - always chasing that elusive perfect shot. Here are a couple of Wigeon trying hard to do the right thing for me!
Actually, Pintail make such a pleasing sight, it really does not much matter what they are doing. I do not think I have ever seen so much flight activity from Pintail as I have recently at Greylake.
Gadwall are almost in the same category.
Anyway, I have saved the best bit for last. The ducks were all resting, with not much going on until a Marsh Harrier flew along the water's edge. They rose en masse calling and circling in agitation. The sky was so full of ducks that I lost sight of the Harrier, and I did not even once see the Peregrine that it turned out was hunting at the same time. Then, and it is almost a miracle, amongst all the swirling ducks I spotted a different shape flying straight and low towards the boundary fence. I fired off a few distant shots and, when I looked at them, saw that it was a Peregrine with what looks like a Snipe in its claws. It is difficult to make out in this photo and your opinion would be interesting.
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