This is amazing, the kinds of textures you managed to capture here almost make this photograph look like a painting. The contrast between the dark water and the white feathers is stunning, and I love the line that the beak makes diagonally across the composition.
No, it didn't. I never saw any of them trying to fly. They could easily get away if they wanted too, since they were living in a completely open pond. But I suppose they were feeling quite comfortably at this place.