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By Alan_Coles
Took the wife for a drive yesterday and ended up around the Forest of Dean area - was hoping to see some hawfinch but sadly didn't. I did get a 1st though...stopped at a place called Cannop Ponds and went to have a look what was on there and saw a few of these...I have never seen one before to be honest although they are fairly common in the UK. The light wasn't the best and its really only a record shot but its brightening up a rather Sunday grey morning here in wet Wales.
Hope you are all having a good weekend.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

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pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 May 2010 9:15AM
its starting to rain here to but the picture lifts the mind these are so photogenic

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susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2010 9:18AM
A beautiful detaied shot and brilliant vibrant colours

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
16 May 2010 9:22AM
nice colourful capture of this pretty duck, I wish we had them up here but they seem to favour the south

PeelNStick 13 4 United States
16 May 2010 9:23AM
Good shot. I always find it hard to properly expose this guys.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
16 May 2010 9:23AM
Excellent plummage detail Alan. Nice shot!

16 May 2010 9:41AM
A beautiful capture well done.

16 May 2010 9:43AM
Beautiful shot Al - There's loads of Mandarins down at the Wetlands in Llanelli, worth a visit !

Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
16 May 2010 9:48AM

Quote:Beautiful shot Al - There's loads of Mandarins down at the Wetlands in Llanelli, worth a visit !


Thanks Chris....thinking of popping dopwn West one day in the next week, might pop along there.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 May 2010 10:18AM
a perfect pose...the colours and detail are spot on

16 May 2010 10:50AM
Excellent shot,
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2010 10:58AM
cracking colour and detail a beauty nice one Wink
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
16 May 2010 11:13AM
a very attractive duck, have managed to see a hawfinch on cannock chase, but didnt get a decent pic, need a better lens and lessons!!!
glad you managed to combine an outing with a photo op.lesley
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2010 11:29AM
Beautiful image with superb detail and colours
Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
16 May 2010 11:52AM
Great shot of these very attractive ducks, did your wife enjoy the ride out? Hope the weather improves for you. Ann
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
16 May 2010 1:14PM
Exquisite color and detail in this lovely duck, Patti
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9 23 16 Canada
16 May 2010 2:29PM
Beautiful capture of this colourful fellow..........Sandy
jeronius 9 1 1 England
16 May 2010 3:06PM
wow, this is stunning.
9 10 10 England
16 May 2010 3:09PM
You've got a super shot and the detail and colour are very good.
Beautifully exposed and captured.
andymark 8 1 England
16 May 2010 6:18PM
nice one
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
16 May 2010 7:24PM
Probably the most beautifully plumaged duck you could hope to see. The plumage is mind blowing. Excellent shot Alan.
Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
16 May 2010 7:30PM
Beautiful colours on a duck that I have never seen.

Platchet 11 5 8 Wales
17 May 2010 10:06PM
What a beauty, nicely taken mate, but should have filled the frame for max Mandarin.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 6:41PM
Superb detail. Paul

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