The morning of the trip to the UAH duckpond, I woke with high hopes for some good shots. I just knew that this was the day that I would become an official "birder." So I eagerly drove PAST THE ARSENAL to the pond. When I arrived there, I found my fellow Cafe members to be in good spirits...and funny hats... ...so I gathered my gear and nervously prepared with the others for the incoming fowl. View attachment 97487 ...and we waited... View attachment 97488 ...and waited... View attachment 97489 We just knew that the ducks were somewhere nearby... Tempers began to flare... View attachment 97491 Some decided to take a brief swim... View attachment 97492 View attachment 97493 We definitely needed someone to call the ducks... View attachment 97494 And suddenly, out of the gray skies, came a sight from the heavens...we quickly huddled 'round our equipment - waiting for the sight to behold... View attachment 97495 ...and we just knew our ducks had arrived...but... ...it was not to be. The ducks chose either to land en masse elsewhere, or at a later time. But fear not, fair Cafe members...all was not lost. It was duly noted by me, your humble storyteller, that Rich struck quite a deal on supplemental insurance... AFLAC!!!