I was aware that the Wood Ducks mated and produced families at the Oxbow Lake near Laurel, Maryland. However, the courting and mating did not occur near any of the normal access points to the lake. On the west side of the lake, the environment is combination of a wetland and a woods. There are two small sloughs that intersect and provide a focal point for ducks moving on the water. There are no trails for getting to the intersection and one has to traverse woods, marsh, and mud to get to the intersection. Complicating the photography is the fact that the morning sun is directly in your eyes, unless the photographer gets to the inside (east) of the intersection. Then the sun is over your shoulder for most of the photo options. When scouting the area, I took a portable blind into the target area and hid the blind, unassembled, in the area where I wanted to photograph the ducks. On the day I obtained the Wood Duck photographs, I entered the area at first light, and knowing I would spook the ducks, I proceeded to my site. I set up the blind and settled in to wait the return of the target species. It took about two hours for the ducks to return, but I was able to get shots from inside 30 feet. The day was also a day with almost no wind, setting up reflections in the water. When finished, I removed my blind, and left only my foot prints.