Lester Wareham wrote in post #18231536
Thanks. I think the situation was fairly unique. Possibly a juv bird (still some green showing on the back) plus frozen conditions meant this bird was hunting in a unfrozen drainage canal a few feet wide.
Most shots tended to be against the light however.
I call that " breakup ",... A time when the ice is on and small holes are left for the critters to use as the only hunting holes. It is most affective here in the spring, I think because the animals have been cooped up all winter not having there water access. I have found at this time they are very brave and mammals and feather friend alike. its a great time to get closer to the wildlife you can't get close to at any other season of the year. I have many a great image I would not have gotten had it not been breakup. We do have times where the conditions work out the same and leave holes in the ice but I find they are less productive than in the transition from winter to spring. Great opportunity Lester, they are quit the colourful bird. Ours are very drab in comparison.