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Mallard Mutant (26)
Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
This is not a perfect shot. To begin with, I had to resort to the flash because it was too dark. Secondly, I am far from happy with the composition and the PoV. This is a "look-what-I-found" capture, with a couple added to the workshop to give you more of the context.

I went to a music concert last night, a concert held alongside a pond on the edge of town. There were a number of waterbirds in the pond, primarily a very aggressive family of swans and several small families of mallards. One family caught my eye because it included this white one. S/he followed the mother and the siblings everywhere and occasionally squabbled with the siblings when the children on shore disobeyed the signs and started throwing popcorn to the birds.

What amazes me is that these creatures, a mutation of sorts, do survive in the wild. Rob Fry (arfer) mentioned that he has seen a flock of mallards that included a white one in the Cornwall area of Ontario. Another was recorded for TN in England. What interesting games Mother Nature does play from time to time.

Tech: shot in RAW, converted, resized

Thanks for looking and have an amazing day.

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Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
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With mother directly behind and siblings just a little further back, this saucy duckling begs for popcorn! Wild they may be, but shy they are not.

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Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
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Edited by:Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)

Here we see the duckling following its mother.