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The Bovines of the Waterfowl World
Two days ago we drove down to see some friends who live not but a half mile from Bosque del Apache NWR. Jose' was telling me that the widgeons had moved into the pond and every day were going out to the surrounding fields of winter wheat that his brother had planted.

That quickly reminded me of a hunt I had at this pond back in 2014 for the opener of the early teal season in September. Edward had called me and asked, "Is the duck season on yet?" I told him it was going to start in less than a week. He then mentioned to me that I should come down there to hunt because there had to be at least a hundred teal in the pond. So I made plans to hit that pond on the opener. I knew right where Chip and I would be sitting and I brought along 3 teal decoys.

When Chip and I pussy footed it in to the pond I could hear the hens talking and there was a lot of activity going on. So as hard as I knew it would be for Chip, when season opened we watched every single bluewing and greenwing teal fly out of that pond heading for other spots to feed. From what I could see when the birds left, was that there must have been close to 400 of them. Well they started to come back in small groups and quite methodically I ended up with my limit of 6 bluewing/cinnamons. Chip had a great workout.

So now I found myself back in familiar territory, minus Chip, but now carrying my Canon with my 100-400 lens. I have to admit that my all time favorite duck to shoot is the widgeon. They are a very interesting duck and fun to watch.

Bev and I showed up around 3:00PM and right away we were entertained by about a 1,000 baldpates that had a great place to rest (the pond) and fields of winter wheat surrounding the pond. Nope they didn't have to fly very far to get a good meal.

This flock was heading back to the pond.










They would go get some drinks, rest for a bit, and then in small groups head back out to eat some more.

As you can see they were flying on the deck because we had a good wind coming out of the west at about 20mph. The ducks took advantage of the terrain.









Check out this group of widgeons. In the leading bunch of 6 birds, look at the hen on the bottom of the group and then try and guess how close she is to the ground. I'm betting that her wingtips had to be brushing terra firma.
I was shooting at 1/3200ths of a second.









Then back to the pond for more drinks and some relaxation.
Al








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