Before the rain set in this weekend, Friday I was able to finally get back down to Washington DC to Constitution Gardens to enjoy the ducks in the pond.
The ice has mostly melted and the waterfowl are thrilled to be back. Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, American wigeons, Ring necked ducks, and of course the mallards and hundreds of Canada geese. The pond is big enough for the birds to keep their distance and even though they might float right in front of you, having a longer lens certainly helps.
It’s one of those places that you just have to plan on getting down and dirty in the goose poop. Yep, lots of goose poop. Can’t help it, and with the rain we’ve been getting lately it’s wet, muddy, icky goose poo. But totally worth it. While they are wild ducks, they are a bit desensitized to visitors and so long as you’re quiet and patient some exciting things can be seen.
It’s great to be back out in the field photographing birds, and in particular during duck season as they are easier targets and usually many more of them in one place then when I’m off trying to capture little teeny tiny warblers. Enjoy!