Domesticated Mallard with a hidden face

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Domestic Mallard with a hidden faceDomestic Mallard with a hidden face – Nikon D500, f8, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Down at my local pond there are many wild and domesticated ducks and hybridization between the wild ducks and the domesticated ducks occurs frequently. I call those wild x domestic hybrids “manky mallards”. Even though I prefer photographing the wild ducks I will also take images of the domesticated ducks at times too, especially when they come up so close that I can take portraits of them.

Ten days ago I photographed a manky mallard at my local pond and when I pulled images of it up on my monitor I discovered that it has a hidden “face” and once I saw it I couldn’t un-see it. Do you see it? Leave a comment if you do!

Life is good. Having an active imagination makes it even more interesting.



  1. Stu December 24, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Thanks very much, and best wishes.

  2. Margot Rawlins December 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    There are two faces on the bill. I see the foxy one and the other of the duck-billed platapus licking its chops.

  3. Utahbooklover December 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    The pointed ears make it look like a fox or wolf. Fun little exercise before the rain and snow arrive tomorrow, setting the stage for a white Christmas.

  4. Patty Chadwick December 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I see a weird “fox” face if thst’s it….

  5. Elephant's Child December 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    You and Ron are both going down the Rorschach ink blots path today. And yes, that beautiful face leapt out at me.

  6. Pepe Forte December 23, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Ohhh yeah…I see it now, but I gotta admit that it took a second look. Incredible! Nearly overlooked in my fascination with the hidden face, is the detail and striking colors you captured in the Mallards head. Wonderful stuff Mia.

    Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for the all the gifts you give us every day.

  7. Jane Chesebrough December 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    O-kay-y-y, ye-s-s-s, I see it.All the best, Mia!

  8. S. Hansen December 23, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Looks more like an exotic dog breed licking its chops to me.

  9. Liz Cormack December 23, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Wow! Isn’t that neat. Looks like a fox or coyote.

  10. Bob mcpherson December 23, 2016 at 7:01 am

    It’s trying to imitate Wiley Coyote. Nice image, Mia.

  11. John Harrington December 23, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Looks to me more like a fox or coyote

  12. Jorge H. Oliveira December 23, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Congratulations. You even managed to have a catch light on that hidden “face”.

    Have a great and Happy Christmas and New Year.

  13. Lana Hays December 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

    It jumped right out at me!

  14. shoreacres December 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I do, indeed. It took a minute or two, but now the wolf-like image is as clear as can be.

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