Mallard Drake in Flight in Salt Lake County

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Adult Mallard drake in flightAdult Mallard drake in flight – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Mallards are probably one of the most recognized ducks in the world, they are found in tropical and subtropical areas of North, South and Central America, Eurasia, Europe and North Africa. They have been introduced to other countries in the world which has caused problems with native ducks hybridizing with mallards.

I have mentioned in past posts that if newbie bird photographers want to obtain better flight photos to practice on gulls because they are easily found and often take flight, the same could be said about mallard ducks only ducks in flight are usually a bit more challenging because they fly fast and and their flight can be erratic. They can and do test the skills of amateur and professional bird photographers.

A few days ago I noticed some ducks coming towards me in flight while at my local pond and I locked on to one of the mallard drakes and when he flew past I was able to take some nice photos of him before he landed on the water, this photo stood out the most to me. I really like the silvery tone of the water in the background and the eye contact I have with the duck.

I’m keeping my post simple this morning because not only did I go to sleep with a sinus headache I woke up with one too.

Life is good.

Mia

2018-01-14T05:19:07+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: Birds, Mallards, Salt Lake County, Utah|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Elephants Child January 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you for the beauty.
    I hope the sinus headache goes. Quickly. Waking with a headache is a truly awful start to the day.

  2. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Just have to comment again…this has git to be the PERFECT picture of a mallard drske….ever!!!

  3. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Sinus headaches are the PITS…hope you feel better SOON!!! I used to have them…bending over hurt like hell!!! Haven’t had one in years…knock on wood!!!

  4. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Winderful!!! Thank god they are so universally “common” …I had no idea how many places they are found!! Always something new to learn from you. Thank you…

    • Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 14, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Supposed to be “wonderful” because it is…evil IPad and I hate each other!!! The

  5. Laura Culley January 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I love mallards and we have a long history together beginning when I was a small child feeding them at a local pond. Thank you for sharing this lovely image and I hope your pain passes soon…very, VERY soon, like a quarter to yesterday! Failing that, I hope it goes immediately if not sooner!

  6. Bob mcphersons January 14, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful.

  7. Patty January 14, 2018 at 7:01 am

    I would like to think I can follow birds because I started following bees and butterflies. *Wink
    Feel better. I’m also not well today.

  8. Ed MacKerrow January 14, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful image of a beautiful species Mia. It is interesting how we “get used” to common species and often bypass them for photos. Mallards, Canada Goose, Black-billed Magpie, are some that come to mind. Look at the colors of the duck in your photo, pretty amazing! Hope your sinus troubles improve.

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