You know how when you go for a walk along a beach you sometimes see ducks way out on the lake. You can’t really see much just enough of a profile to tell you roughly what kind they are. I can tell the “fishing bobber” behaviour of the Buffleheads or the “making a beeline for shore to beg for bread” behaviour of Mallards. Today, I was treated to the “Boy can I dive acrobatically” behaviour of a Merganser.
These are all terrible photos because of the distance. Here’s what one looks like before trying to zoom in a bit.
So these next photos are more about showcasing the sheer style of the dives, rather than about being in focus or properly stopped.
And I thought the divers in the Olympics had power. Imagine forcing yourself up out of the water, arching and then torpedoing down? Especially when the water is only slightly above freezing.
Here are a few more dives. Some are probably the Buffleheads.
Have you watched ducks diving? Please share your experiences with a comment.