Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
Everyone loves to share good photos — the duds not so much. Thought I’d make an exception on this one though, and have attached one of my most recent heart breakers. I took the shot on Wednesday afternoon while sitting in the decoys and enjoying an incredible spring waterfowl migration. I didn’t have any snow goose decoys, just laying in the mud set up for ducks alongside a small sheet water pond in the cornstalks. When the late afternoon light was perfect, a flock of about ten or so green-winged teal came roaring over the horizon and straight for the decoys. The birds were all over me in an instant. Sitting up, I picked out a colorful drake and hit the shutter just as the flock flared – point blank — in my face. As it turned out, the color exposure was absolutely perfect with some pretty good focus to boot. The down side – of course – was that the teal was so close that I totally ran out of frame space. If I could have pulled it all together just a fraction of a second sooner, I would have had an incredible shot – maybe the best of the season. Woulda – shoulda – coulda! My conclusion: When it comes to pointing shotguns and cameras at fast moving ducks, I’ve found that there are a lot of painful similarities. Know what I mean?