Woody on Ice

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
10643856/1000000 sec. / ISO 400
New York
Nearest Area
Taughannock Falls State Park
Trumansburg, NY

Wood Duck on snow, compliments of winter storm Stella. As long as I have been photographing Wood Ducks I have dreamed of a shot of one on ice or snow. Wood Ducks don’t typically stick around this area in the winter so it’s not as easy as you might think. In the spring of 2016 we had a deep freeze after the Woodies returned. It was bitter cold that day but I bundled and trudged out to the pond in hopes of catching them on the iced over water. What I found was that Wood Ducks don’t like to sit on ice. As soon as they would land they would fly off, leaving me no time to react and shoot. It was still a beautiful day, but no Woodies on ice for me that year. In 2017 we have had an aberration and one, lone Wood Duck decided to winter on Cayuga Lake. We recently had a cold snap and then Stella came through and wreaked havoc, dumping two or more feet of snow in the area. I thought, finally, this would be my chance. Yesterday I drove up to the location where the Woody had been sighted. I spotted him right away swimming and dabbling among the Mallards. And then it happened! He climbed onto the ice. My angle from the sun was terrible and he was far across the channel. So I hauled my gear back to my jeep and drove across the bridge to the other side of the channel. And magically my luck held out. He stayed on the ice for about five minutes longer, giving me a chance to grab the long anticipated shot. It's not my dream shot, but definitely a great step forward. I stayed for two hours afterwards and he never wandered back onto the ice. So glad I got there when I did! March 21, 2017

Date Added
March 22, 2017
Date Taken
March 22, 2017