There were some wonderful colors in the water, due to the sky and the remaining orange tree leaves. I did a few atmospheric, environmental shots along with the attempts to get close-ups of the birds in flight.
Seagulls are almost as common as ducks in Raleigh now, which is probably not a good thing for them, but they're here, so...
Allowing this duck to be a silhouette meant a dark exposure with intense colors reflected in the water.
A quartet of Canada geese took off from the water and flew in a line for a second or two.
It can be challenging to coax the camera into focusing on a small bird against a "busy", contrasty background of foliage, but I feel it can make for a more interesting picture than just a bird against a uniform sky. In this case, I was at a fairly high vantage point, and the bird swooped a bit lower than me, also tilting slightly toward me at the moment of this shot.
While hiding in the weeds, I noticed a confluence of twigs that made a nice abstract design. It gave me a little variety to end my hour and a quarter escape into the wild world. Even a brief time like that can make so much difference in our lives!
[All photos with Canon 1D Mk IV, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II]