Ducks over the Bow – 2 Feb, 2014

A Barrow's Goldeneye in mid take-off....a lifer for me!

A Barrow’s Goldeneye in mid take-off….a lifer for me!

Spent two hours in the afternoon shooting various ducks on the Bow River, just south of Calgary. While Common Goldeneyes made up the majority, a real bonus was getting images of a male Barrow’s Goldeneye – a lifer for me! He was also cooperative enough to do a couple of take-offs pretty much right in front of me.

A Common Goldeneye just about to touch down on the icy Bow River

A Common Goldeneye just about to touch down on the icy Bow River

All through this session I’d been sitting on snow & when I got up to leave I realised that my butt was pretty much frozen and I went through some rather painful thawing out in the car on the way home. My learning is to bring something to sit on (like a roll-up camping mat)!

Another Common Goldeneye making a not-so-graceful landing.

Another Common Goldeneye making a not-so-graceful landing.