I nearly missed this male wood duck (Aix sponsa). Standing atop a log near shore, I walked by him—TWICE!—before I ever noticed his fashionable self.
Keep in mind I was focused on the ground taking snapshots of flowers and insects… But still!
And the moment I took notice of his presence and stopped?
He made good his winged escape.
I would have been better off pretending I didn’t see him and surreptitiously photographing him as I walked by; instead, I halted and turned in his direction.
Some times I can be so daft…