Thursday, November 25, 2010
today i went on my annual thanksgiving day hunt. my buddy andrew came along which was a fun change because every year previous i have hunted alone. we did not shoot any ducks but like many other times, it was not the ducks fault. we had no ducks at first light come into our spread. after the sun came up i decided to break out the big camera and get some close up shots of the hand carved decoys i had floated in our spread. thinking the morning was a bust i did not even bother to take my gun with me."beside, i would be standing in the middle of my decoys. what are the chances of ducks coming in?" wrong! while i was photographing my last decoy i heard a whistle. then another and another. i looked up from my viewfinder to see 10 black belly whistling ducks headed straight for me. if i had reached up i probably could have grabbed a few by the legs. i looked back at andrew and said "black bellies. shoot!" they slowly circled his head as he raised his gun. "CLICK!" he looked at his gun and chambered another round. "CLICK!" i heard a few unmentionable words from the blind. he ejected another live shell and "CLICK!" at this point i was almost running to the blind for my gun as the birds slowly flew off in the direction of another group of hunters. "BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM!" i saw 4 our 5 birds fall from the sky. i looked over at andrew who was dumbfounded. we looked his gun over and noticed that the firing pin had fallen out at some point. what a bust! i walked up a few snipe. could have shot a limit but i was tearing them up with the number 4 duck shot i had brought. tomorrow i will have number 7 with me and no hand carved decoys.
i used 3 different cameras to shoot the pics above. my iphone, my canon point and shoot, and my nikon slr. that was a first for me. can you tell which ones were shot with which camera?