I love to capture great images of common species. Images that’ll make you look again at ordinary birds in a new way. The tufted duck in this post is an example. They’re easy to find in many parks where there’s water but often overlooked. This male bird however surely deserves attention. The blue-purple face and those eyes! I waited until the duck was spinning a little, as they do, then shot a sequence of images as his head turned towards the camera. Capturing both eyes in the image gives it impact and the low perspective shows the threatening look of his bullish appearance.
The great crested grebes look absolutely stunning at this time of year but are shy and not keen on coming too close. So I used a floating hide to shoot these birds in early morning light. I love misty mornings – it adds an atmosphere to the scene.