I went by Duchess pond last week and as I stood there I saw a group of mallards on the skyline.
It appeared to be a female leading the pack and I braced to get some flight shots.
However, they soon changed direction and headed straight in my direction.
I was caught by surprise and missed some good shots as they hurtled past me.
I soon realised this wasn’t an ordinary flock of birds. The female was being chased by a group of males, all eager to court her. However as you may be able to make out in the above blurred picture, one of them is already onto her in mid flight!
As my camera refocused the birds hit the water.
They were in for a bumpy landing. Literally!
but the lead male never let his advantage go and even as they were hitting the water he re staked his claim by mounting the female…..
….almost sending it plunging underwater!
They soon moved away behind the bushes onto dry land.
…all the while the other males looked on with a helpless look, knowing that their chance had come and gone!