In spring, Yellowstone hosts migrating Harlequin Ducks for a short time. Many of them congregate at this one spot on the Yellowstone River. The ducks are excellent swimmers and seem to love rapids. They spend a lot of time navigating the white water and diving under the surface to find food. It’s a great spot to capture them with both fast and slow shutter speeds.
On this particular day, it was a surprise to see this pair in late June (weeks after most of their brethren had left), but that made for a perfect setup. A snowstorm had just ended, so it was overcast, and the river was extra high and powerful with added snowmelt. I managed to nail my best long exposures from this spot to date (there’s another one I like even more than this), and a decade later I have yet to get anything matching the couple of good shots I landed then.
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 500mm + 1.4x
Max, the sense of motion in the river is excellent with the color and sharpness of the ducks making a great contrast. That splash on their right balances with them very well. I’ll have to look for Harlequins on my next trip to YNP.