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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR 350, Sigma APO DG 70-300 1:4-5.6 Macro, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-03-14 11:13
Viewed: 664
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Size & Shape

Mallards are large ducks with hefty bodies, rounded heads, and wide, flat bills. Like many “dabbling ducks” the body is long and the tail rides high out of the water, giving a blunt shape. In flight their wings are broad and set back toward the rear.

Color Pattern

Male Mallards have a dark, iridescent-green head and bright yellow bill. The gray body is sandwiched between a brown breast and black rear. Females and juveniles are mottled brown with orange-and-brown bills. Both sexes have a white-bordered, blue “speculum” patch in the wing.


Mallards are “dabbling ducks”—they feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive. They can be very tame ducks especially in city ponds, and often group together with other Mallards and other species of dabbling ducks.


Mallards can live in almost any wetland habitat, natural or artificial. Look for them on lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, and coastal habitats, as well as city and suburban parks and residential backyards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-03-14 11:15]

Salut John,une prise de vue originale,mais il a tourne' la tete dans la meilleure maniere pour toi et ta camera..ehehe...image excellente de cette espece commune,qualite' tres bonne malgre' la journee' nuageuse.Bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano

Hello John,
Very natural color and well sharpness of this Mallard. Well captured and presented with informative NOTE,
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hello John

Beautiful close-up photo of the mallard duck, with fine POV,
beautiful details of the patterns of its plumage, TFS


Bonjour John,
Une très belle lumière qui fait resplendir de splendide couleurs sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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