Everyone has to scratch, and sometimes that moment it takes to respond, when this Mallard with her ducklings breaks out of the serene motherly pose, is the moment I like to capture.
f/6.3 21/1600; ISO 800 260mm
The next one is similar , this female goldeneye came out of the pond, made eye contact and came straight toward me except to scratch, then veered away, probably because she saw that I didn’t have any hand-outs.
f/5.6 @ 1/400 sec. ISO 800; 270 mm