As others do, I have a few locations I venture to on occasion, just to see “who might be there today”. One such place is a man-made construction ‘drainage pond’ behind Walmarts in Middletown, Delaware.
I can see this small pond from a distance on my way to my office, but close enough to spot any visitors. I noticed a flock of ducks there last week, they looked like Scaup. Ok, cool I thought, making note to brain to take camera next day as I hurried to the office.
The next day with my camera along for the ride, I was happy to find them there again. I drove to the back of Walmarts, snuck out of my car, hunkered down, and made my way to the pine trees that lined the pond for camouflage.
Although I was well-hidden and in dark clothing, I could tell the ducks knew I was there. Darn, I even made sure to shut my car door quietly without making a noise!
But wait a minute. These were not Scaup as I had thought yesterday. What I had found was a small flock, about a couple dozen, of Ring-necked Ducks. A new lifer for me, and of all places, found right behind a Walmarts!
Of all the diving duck species, the Ring-necked Duck is the one most likely to drop into small ponds as they migrate North for the summer. Lucky for me this day!
I had to crop tight on the next photo but I wanted to share the artistic beauty of the Ring-necked Duck’s beak.
I photographed through the branches, but I’m afraid the shutter noise gave them the ultimate fright and most of them turned around and took flight.
A few hung back, but I returned to my car and left in hopes the ones in flight would return. The next day they were there again. And I also found another photographer out of her car with her long lens doing just as I had done. Seems someone else also knows how special this little pond can be with birds ops. 🙂
Enjoy your day! Be happy!