Thursday, May 27, 2010

Difficulties in Photographing Diving Ducks

I was trying to capture images of two small diving ducks -- perhaps female hooded mergansers -- on the river this morning. Whoops, where did they go? Only a spreading whirlpool to show that something ducked under the water. (Hey, that prompts a quick etymological query, and sure enough it looks as if the verb duck is indeed related to the word for the bird. Or vice-versa, actually, as it appears that the origin is a word meaning "to dive.")

Oh, I know she was here a moment ago!

Hey, this time there are TWO little whirlpools showing where BOTH ducks were a second earlier!

Finally, there you are!
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