Patti, I enjoy posting these and especially enjoy taking the photos! To be honest, I do camp out the ducks a little more because of this thread. It makes it fun! It's also a learning experience for me - I'd say from the first photos I posted here, I've been showing some improvement as I learn my camera and focus on the same type of subject!
About the duck family - I had to quietly observe those little guys - these ducks are different than the others I posted. This one was at a wildlife refuge (the other was from a local park) - I went on a busy day so all of the kids were scaring away the wildlife (they were playing some wildlife bingo game - if they wanted to see a mallard, there was a male in the open on the trail). I quietly looked at the family without pointing them out to anyone else (shhhhhhhhh) Selfish, yes, but I had too many photos ruined during that trip because people were too loud or shaking the bridges!!!
I'm going to post another non-duck, because 1) I don't have more family photos resized and 2) this is a cool multi-shot of a goose flappin away
You can click on the thumbnail to see the larger image (the large is 1000px wide, so I dont want to post it directly)