I find wild ducks to be the hardest avian subject to photograph. It's not only that they're extremely wary, the logistics to get in place for a good morning of winter waterfowl shooting can be pretty extensive and just plain uncomfortable. There's nothing like getting up a couple hours before dawn and kayaking out to the partially submerged blind you brushed in the day before. Then it's time to hide the kayak from those sharp eyes and sit in water up to your chest hoping your waders still don't leak. You know you have good light on a ring-necked duck when you can actually see its namesake- the ring at the base of the neck.