This was a surprise for me and an even bigger one for the juvenile Mallard Duck. I was shooting photos of this duck when I noticed a little duckling swimming away from it’s mother and toward him. The duckling was coming in behind him and I got the camera ready and zoomed in as I expected some kind of interaction between them that could make for an interesting shot. Turned out, that was an understatement! The big duck apparently wasn’t aware of the little one approaching and when the duckling got close to him, it reached out and plucked a tail feather! Fortunately I had already started shooting because the big duck let out a scream and went straight up in the air 4 - 5 ft I caught him on the way up in this shot!
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Sony a6500, FE100400GM @ 400 mm., ISO-400, f/5.6, 1/3200, hand held. I cropped this to a square because it put more focus on the action and both sides were just watery dead space.