Whilst working at WWT Martin Mere at their annual North West Bird Watching Fair last year, I took some time to photograph some of the ducks in the reserve.
This surface bathing male mallard caught my eye as it churned up the water with its wings and splashed across the pond in some wonderful contrasting autumnal light.
This behaviour often happens over a few minutes consisting of intermittent and very fast bursts of movement, albeit around a small area. As always, I opted for continuous focus as the duck would change its position on the pond as it bathed. This movement can be quite erratic as well as fast, so I also opted for a zone focus.