Whenever possible we like to mingle with wildlife in a spot in and away from the spoils of man. In these locations the critters aren't frightened by the sound of a passing vehicle or distracted by a nearby jogger or the bark of a yippy dog. In these spots they are one with nature. Unfortunately in these spots you must meet the challenge of blending with nature. Your clothing must not scream in vibrant color and your movements need to be slow and deliberate. Moving a short distance has to be calculated and silent, moving only when the animal is facing away from you. It becomes even more difficult when you are coordinating these movements under the close scrutiny of 4 or 5 Ring Neck Ducks. They were named this because of the prominent white ring on their bill. This day we would be trying to photograph 4 males and 1 female.
On this day we were once again reminded how it is so much more challenging to bag your target with a camera than a shotgun. The day was good though! As we jockeyed for a good shot we were serenaded by a symphony of peepers, accompanied by the sound of the ever alert Canadian Geese that shared this pond. A nearby songbird would join in to add to natures ballad. As we watched we also couldn't help but notice 2 whitetail deer sneaking through the brush just a hundred yards from our location. They were aware of our presence but didn't seem bothered by us.
I must say I didn't think this female Ring Neck was all that cute but apparently they thought she was really HOT!