Cold Mallards

Mallard ducks on the winter Mousam

We are having a real cold snap here in the last week of December. Temperatures are not getting out of the single digits (above zero) for the better part of a week, and it is, according to Accuweather, 24 below zero right now in pre-dawn Kennebunk. The Mousam river is freezing right up to the edge of the rapids at Roger’s Pond Park, and the Mallards are not enjoying it. The clear blue skies and sun help, by later in the day. If there is no wind, and your are dressed for it, it can be quite pleasant. (I wear two layers of high tech longjons under my pants and coat, and my Tilly wool hat, but I have not found gloves thin enough to drive and photograph in that keep my hands warm enough.) Of course, all the Mallards can do is try to stay out of the wind and soak up sun. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.

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