Yesterday I took off from work a little early. I didn't feel great and needed to pick Sam up form work to go get her car from the shop. Traffic was light and I got to here work about 30 minutes early--so instead of waiting in the parking lot I drove 5 blocks to the Sand Fishing Pond to see what was on the water. The lighting was great so I figured I would snap some shots of the Mallards and the Coots to make the best of it:
Drake Mallard and an American Coot at the Sand Pond
There was a Great Blue Heron
sitting on the island when I arrived with its head tucked. I didn't pay much attention but figured I would get to a nice angle before I left to get a few shots. After a few minutes with the waterfowl I headed to a little spit of land that juts out into the pond, and the following shots are what happened...
It started with a little dance:
Which progressed into a pose:
And then into a stretch and fluff (my favorite shot):
This was followed by a take off
(note the creature to scare the birds placed there by DNR):
And flight across the pond:
where the bird promptly landed on a fence:
Sometimes you just end up in the right place at the right time for whatever reason and get to capture something cool on film--er .jpg--whatever you want to call it. Now if only that damn red post hadn't been there it would have been perfect!
Labels: photography, salt lake county, waders, waterfowl