Duck with two feet on clothesline (1/320 F/2.8 ISO 6400)
I never thought I’d ever see a duck trying to walk on a clothesline! What happened?!
I heard a duck land in the “pond” (unopened swimming pool), but didn’t pay much attention as I made my dinner late on Saturday night. After finishing my pizza and salad, I checked to see if he was still there.
Duck sitting in the grass
He had decided to sit in the grass which had just been cut, and sat there for about ten minutes. He seemed pretty chill, not moving around at all, just hanging out.
I watched him from my living room window, camera in hand, expecting a chance to get a few in-flight pictures after giving the ducks a break for several days. He wasn’t in a rush to leave, but there wasn’t much good daylight left at 8 pm, so I decided to try going outside, and slowly approach him, get closer than usual, to get a better picture than usual.
Nervous duck thinks about leaving
In my limited experience, you can approach ducks in the wild slowly, and as long as you don’t startle them by any sudden movement, or make any noise, they will allow you to close the distance (somewhat). They will get up if they were seated, keep a close eye on you, and walk around a bit.
Mallard gets airborne
When he finally decided to hightail it out of my backyard at 8:20 pm, he took off, and everything looked like usual. Until…
He flew right at the clothesline! I didn’t notice until I looked at the pictures afterwards that both his feet actually touched the clothesline, and he could have taken a nasty tumble! A few inches lower, and he would have crashed…
Duck successfully clears clothesline
Duck flying in forest at high speed
Duck disappears into the woods