Taking advantage of a warm and sunny January day, I visited Webster Pond just south of Syracuse, New York, to photograph the waterfowl who call it home. I wanted to try and capture the faces and grace of the ducks and geese.
Webster Pond has hundreds of Canada geese, Mallard ducks and domestic geese gone wild. People come daily to feed them with various mixes of seed and corn. I saw families with young children enjoying the afternoon feeding the waterfowl. The smiles on their faces and sounds of their laughter I hope nurture a love for wild creatures in the generations to come.
Ducks can fly. The gift of flight Man was so jealous of, he created machines so he could join the ducks and birds of the world in the great blue yonder. Ducks beat there wings very fast unlike the long beats of bigger birds like Canada geese and raptors. When coming in for landings on water or ice, as Webster Pond was mostly covered in, they glide and pitch from side to side to slow down and angle for an open area devoid of others. Their landings in water ending in a long splash. Their landings on ice a much more comical slide often ending on their behinds but always popping up on their webbed feet with dignity.
I used the Nikon 18-200mm VR and Nikon 80-400mm VR lenses to bring you these images. Though the 80-400 VR is an older and slower focusing lens, with practice it can be used for fast moving subjects like birds in flight. It does need very good light in order to do so like my day on Webster Pond.