I'm not much of a bird watcher except in a strictly casual sort of way. Seeing birds and other animals from my kayak is what usually makes kayaking all that much more interesting. I really enjoy seeing eagles and hawks fishing, sand hill cranes, cliff swallows, etc, but once I saw something that knocked my socks off.nohoval_turrets wrote:But then one of them did something I wasn't expecting - it dived.
I was on a lake and some garden variety male mallards were attempting to court or woo the females. One particular male was eagerly pursueing a rather reluctant female. The female was so reluctant that she dived to attempt to escape his amorous embrace. He dived after her and after several seconds they resurfaced with the male on top... you get the picture. The only thing I can think of that would be more astounding would be a mid-air "collision". It sort of puts a whole new angle on "safe [...]".