Once a Garganey Duck…
It was on a hot sunny day afternoon that I was going in a boat with few friends and fellow photographers. The place we visited was Bhigwan. Bhigwan is a great place for birding and bird photography. I have already written a detailed blog on Bhigwan birds earlier.
Getting back to that hot sunny afternoon, as we paddled the boat into the waters from Kumbhargaon side, we were happy to see flocks of hundreds of ducks swimming alongside. As the boat would approach them, they would start changing the direction and then slowly pick up speed and fly to a further point, almost as if waiting for the boat to approach again. This went on for quite some time. As we neared the center of the lake, we realized that there was one duck which was swimming very frantically, diving in and out of water, but never changing its place. As the boat neared it, the bird was frantic. The wings fluttered desperately. The dives became faster and erratic. The water around the duck became turbulent. This puzzled us.
During this process, I think, the duck realised that we were not there to harm it. It relaxed a little. Once it was free from the net, we thought it would just fly away.
decided to release it back in the water.
There was no sign of resistance when we picked it up again and released it in the water. That rest for a couple of hours had made it strong again. And as soon as it touched the waters it made a small turn backward, almost like saying “Thank You Guys!” and it was off like a bullet.
Garganey ducks are beautiful, delicate and now I know even trusting.