Landing Drake Mallard

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Mallard drake in landing poseMallard drake in landing pose – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

I came across this photo a few days ago that I had taken in December of 2016 at a local pond in Salt Lake County and I processed the file to share here on my blog because I like the landing pose of the duck. I don’t often have the opportunity of taking photos of ducks that are flying straight at me while coming in for a landing which is exactly what this drake mallard did. It was winter and there was only a small area of open water close to where I sat in a “mobile blind” and that was where this drake landed.

I’m not sure that photographing at that pond is going to be very productive at all this winter due to a change in policy at that city park but maybe the ducks, gulls & geese will still show up. I hope they do because I have had so much fun photographing them over the years that I have lived here in Utah and because the pond is close enough that I can be there in just a matter of minutes.

Life is good.


Having internet issues for the third morning in a row, I wish Comcast would get their act together.


  1. Pepe Forte August 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Bombs away! Great pic Mia. Thanks

  2. Patty Chadwick August 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    What a crazy angle to capture! I hope you had your mouth closed! It’s one thing to have a frog in your throat, but a BIG, FAT, MALLARD DRAKE?????

  3. Elephants Child August 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    A truly awesome photo. Thank you. Sigh on the changed regulations.

    • Elephants Child August 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      And a sigh at internet issues too.

  4. Laura Culley August 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

    What changes in the park would affect your ability to photograph birds?
    And just OH WOW! What an outrageously beautiful image! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Mia McPherson August 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Laura, someone complained about people feeding the ducks bread at that park so the city posted signs that no feeding at all is allowed unlike the park just a bit further away where you are allowed to feed the ducks the healthier food that the (same) city supplies. I find it troubling that at one park no feeding at all is allowed and the other it is.

      • Laura Culley August 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        Oh that’s just STUPID to provide food at one park and not the other. Somebody’s got their heads in a very dark place and needs to pull it out! Humans! Jeesh!

  5. steve August 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

    almost looks like a painting…wow

  6. Bill lindber August 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    DUCK!! (Pun intended)

    • Mia McPherson August 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      That made me laugh out loud!

  7. Marie Read August 24, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Nice one! Were you hand-holding the lens for this one or supporting the lens on your over the window “noodle”? If the latter, especially good job.

    • Mia McPherson August 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Marie, I was resting my lens on my noodle to take this image. I have been thinking about going with a lighter lens/TC combo because I am tired of not having full mobility when photographing active birds. I miss hand holding but my 500mm VR lens is just so heavy.

  8. Kim August 24, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Oh, that’s awesome! lol

  9. Ilze Long August 24, 2017 at 6:02 am

    So funny! Thanks for sharing. Life is good!

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