This from a small irrigation reservoir catchment area, Thumburmuzhi near Chalakkudi, Kerala. Zen is what is called for if you wanna photograph one of these things with fairly decently results, i.e extreme patience and the knowledge that you ought to have it ... :-D
But even then, I was not quite prepared for this metal sheen on its shining ballistic-missile torso, makes me wanna say that again, God has an interesting pastime!
And this guy just when you think he's gonna gently relax a while after skating down here so fast, he does indeed seem to be doing so, but in not so much of a split second he blasts off, super fast, to some half a meter forward.
How does he do that? Remember he's floating on water, without even breaking the water surface, how does he generate the thrust to shoot forward with such speed?