I Tried...

I tried hard to work this handsome Redhead drake portrait into my final portfolio for the 2017 Wildlife In Focus contest, It didn't happen...

I've liked this image ever since the magical morning I made it. It was truly a "reverse perfect storm" scenario... great first light and no wind. I had crawled into this tiny blind and was laying on my stomach inches away from the water. I had to lay there for over an hour until dawn.

Getting into that blind in the dark scared me to death. My biggest fear was that a snake, or even an alligator, might have decided to bed down in there. We see both of these on this pond frequently. But there was no other way to be in place before the ducks started to move around at dawn.

I was rewarded that morning with over 2000 clicks of these beautiful ducks. It really was hard choosing only 3 for the contest. As much as I like this fellow, I believe the others are better. We'll see...

Redhead Drake  Refugio County, TX