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. This northern pintail was very paranoid. It took forever to approach and wouldn't allow any movement from my lens. When he finally came in to my field of view, I got this image and one more before the sound of the shutter click scared him off.