Taking flight in this manner is very different from almost all other other waterfowl, which need a running start - often a very long running start.
When any of these birds take flight, it happens so fast that we can easily miss the details. My photography is a relatively new addition to my birding (about 6 years - less than 3 with good equipment). Freezing the moment with the camera has allowed me to see the detail and to learn - plus, it's fun!
This first photograph captures dabbling ducks as they "leap" into flight. In subsequent posts, I will have details from a burst of photos. This is the first in that burst.
|Mallard (drake) and 3 Northern Pintails (females) "leap" from the water's surface|
|A Gadwall "leaps" into flight while American Coots "run" to take flight|
|Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail - American Coot lower left|
|Common Mergansers (hens)|
|Hood Merganser (hen)|