The story behind the photo:
The noise level rivaled the Indy 500. Chaotic quacks, riotous wings flapping and sudden splashes erupted around the pond as groups of ducks traveled back and forth over the water.
Pintail ducks revved their engines and launched from the water, the wind whistling through their feathers as they screamed around the imaginary racetrack in the sky. A group of mallards flew back from a mission, their energy gone. They plopped down unceremoniously and loudly on the water.
From his spot hunkered down in the brush along the pond, Dad shot frame after frame of ducks as they zoomed past him. Very quietly, though, a ring-necked duck floated past Dad’s position, all the while giving him a good long look. He captured one image before the duck disappeared in the reeds. The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ was the perfect place for duck photos.