Waterfowl Mania

November 2, 2012

Well, it’s finally here—the 2012 waterfowl season in Missouri, at least in the north zone and starting this weekend in the middle zone. I know that many of my friends (and their faithful hunting dogs) have been waiting a long time for this moment. Most of them have longed for almost a year to hear the fighter jet roar of 20 divers in a low pass, still invisible at oh-dark-30. To all you wives (and husbands) who have duck hunting mates, go easy on them as they stumble out of bed at 4:00 a.m. and return home in the late-afternoon, totally worn out and mostly worthless as far as chores are concerned. This is a special time of year for these dedicated hunters and dispensation should be considered. Duck season only lasts for a couple of months and then things will be back to normal. And to all of you waterfowl hunters, try to be nice to each other when it comes to claiming hunting spots on the rivers and spacing decoy spreads on waterfowl areas. A little bit of courtesy goes a long way out there on the marsh. Duck hunting has a way of bringing the Mr. Hyde out of some of us, especially when around other anxious waterfowlers. As my buddy likes to say, “I even hate myself when I’m duck hunting.”

Please enjoy this drake pintail in spring plumage. Notice the violet swath on the side of its head that says, “I’m the man!”

On another waterfowl-related note, I wanted to share a recent magazine cover that one of my duck images landed. I photographed this drake woodie a while back at our pond during fall turkey season. My friend Shane was turkey hunting on the farm and we heard the cry of at least one woodie so I set up the next morning before daylight and was delighted to watch 34 woodies land on the little pond right in front of me. The resulting photos have found their way to several publications. You never know when something is going to drop right in your lap! By the way, this image is one of 18 framed waterfowl pieces I have on display at the Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, Missouri. The exhibit goes until the end of the year. I hope you get a chance to see the beautiful new Audubon Center, which is situated along the Mississippi River, and take a look at my duck exhibit. Just Google “Audubon Riverlands” for info.

Canon 1DMarkIV; Canon 500/4 L IS Lens with 1.4 TC II; 1/2000 @ f/5.6; ISO 400; Aperture Priority; RAW Capture; Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod with Wimberley II Head; Processed in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP)

Thanks for Looking!



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6 comments on “Waterfowl Mania”

  1. In Bangalore, we are facing a severe fall in the number of waterfowl visitors this year, (it’s been declining steadily) so an image like this, of a bird happily settled on the water, is doubly welcome. Thank you!

    • You are welcome, Deepa. Wait until you see the cute little pied-billed grebes I photographed this morning.

  2. Hi Danny, what a beautiful photo, of that Pintail. Thank’ for sharing.


  3. Great pic and congrats on another super cover!! Attached is my favorite fish pic I’ve taken lately – a real Halloween monster 🙂 Kev


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