The mallards, pintails, and widgeon came to our corn stubble fields these past few weeks on a regular basis. Whether they came before sunset and quitting time depended on the weather. We had about forty minutes of shooting one chilly, breezy evening. Then son Tom and friends limited on ducks and took four snow geese and two Canadas on a cold, snow-spitting day while I was out of town (darn!) A week ago last Friday, on a mild, sunny afternoon it came down to the last five minutes. We’d seen very few geese all day, but then the ducks began to fly. We had time to shoot three mallards, unload our guns and just gawk, and then I remembered to record this incredible sight. (I have to apologize for the quality of the video and my lack of skill. I’d never make a living as a camera man or narrator.)
Eldridge Hardie’s ART OF A LIFE IN SPORT: Chronicles and images of hunting and angling from the outdoors that inspire and inform my paintings along with thoughts and information about this wonderful journey of art and sport.