American Pekin (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
Dominick Lofino Park, Beavercreek, Ohio
"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete...They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." - Henry Beston
The calm and collected confidence of a duck whose rain rolls right off their back, this domestic duck was standing out in the pouring rain as was I. Domesticated species are much easier to approach more closely as they are used to people feeding them and being around each other at community ponds such as this one. The cloudy, overcast light was perfect in order to not overexpose the white body of this duck. On a sunny day this subject would've been much trickier to meter for.
One of the greatest joys is in watching these birds go about their business day-to-day. I am just an observer that is allowed into their world, so a telephoto zoom lens allows me to get closer than my feet could. Even more so, this pekin duck seemed to be moving in my direction, which meant I had not disturbed it. Ethical wildlife photography is always essential when out in the field.
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