Magical moments are fleeting and an encounter can begin and end in mere seconds. While spending a three hour stint in the blind I have to be constantly watching the water. On this evening of the summer solstice I had exactly one visit from this family of young Wood Ducks. I noticed them in the distance, swimming and dabbling amid vegetation. They remained in that general area for three minutes before wandering over to the log. Just then a train came through and seemed to spook the adult. They all ran across the log, jumped back onto the water and swam away. Their time on the visible section of the log < 20 seconds. In that brief time, only in about three frames were their heads facing the sun (most of them), and only one that included the hen. Imagine if I hadn’t been paying attention.