Reflections of a Canvasback Duck


I love photographing bird portraits. Finding and getting a great portrait shot of any kind of bird is what propels me to keep photographing our winged and feathered friends. Once in a while I get the opportunity to photograph them in a watery reflective setting.

A week or so ago I had the rare opportunity to photograph a nearly fully colored drake canvasback duck throwing a great reflection on the water. Usually I can’t get anywhere near this species of duck as canvasbacks have been the hardest duck species for me to photograph. They are always very cautious and wary of humans.

This particular day, however, was different. I don’t know why it cooperated with me but it did and it did it an such a great location too. Photographing birds takes patience and persistence but it also takes a little of luck too, luck in the sense you have to sometimes just have to come across something you don’t see very often and be ready for it when it does happen.

This was one of those moments. Not only did I get to photograph one of my favorite species of ducks, the canvasback and a drake canvasback at that, but I was able to photograph him in such a wonderful setting with his reflection casting off the smooth waters surface.

drake canvasback duck
A reflection of a drake canvasback duck.

drake canvasback duck
Drake canvasback duck from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

drake canvasback duck
Drake canvasback duck.

drake canvasback duck
Drake canvasback duck.

drake canvasback duck
Drake canvasback duck.

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