BRENT PENNINGTON A mother Wood Duck escorts her ducklings as they feed on the surface of Fords Pond on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Ah, Wood Ducks, those lovely and skittish denizens of lake and pond.  For years I’ve been trying to achieve a great photo of them, easing my kayak through the marsh, around corners into bays and up creeks.  And still they elude me.

I was lucky enough to capture this mama Wood Duck a couple of weeks back, out on Fords Pond with her brood.  As always, they were wary, and both times that I began my slow approach, they turned straight for the safety of the reeds, disappearing within as if they’d never been, save for the paths they left etched in the duckweed.BRENT PENNINGTON A mother Wood Duck escorts her ducklings as they feed on the surface of Fords Pond on the morning of 12 July 2015. BRENT PENNINGTON A mother Wood Duck escorts her ducklings as they feed on the surface of Fords Pond on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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