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By AlexAppleby
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to C&C on my corn bunting yesterday and especially to ColleenA for her very generous GEA, which was a lovely surprise.

Today I'm posting a shot of a mallard. I took this in Essex a few weekends ago, and was very pleased with the result, as it showed me the difference that getting down to a very low level can make. Mallards are often overlooked (by me as well) as they are such common birds, but when the sun shines, my goodness don't they glow!

Tags: Mallard Wildlife and nature

Voters: JohnoP, CarolG, andylea and 42 more

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JohnoP 12 2
23 Apr 2014 7:47AM
Such lovely detail Alex....and just love the water droplet from the beak.....Smile John

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 Apr 2014 7:48AM
Perfect low pov, Alex, and wonderful timing, with that drip of water just about to fall Smile Carol
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 8:22AM
Wow Alex, this is superb love the low POV, great photography SmileSmile

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 8:53AM
A super shot, Alex with great timing to catch the water droplet.

23 Apr 2014 8:53AM
Dripping nose. I can relate to that.
23 Apr 2014 8:56AM
Stunning PoV. Well exposed.
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 10:50AM
Superb Alex, a great capture, guess it pays to get down and dirty.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
23 Apr 2014 11:09AM
What a wonderful capture, yes that pov is excellent, great photography
gss 4 1 Romania
23 Apr 2014 11:18AM
Excellent the drop hanging from its beak!
23 Apr 2014 11:49AM
They really do glow and I love the nose drip excellent capture Alex GrinGrin
A wee beauty

ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
23 Apr 2014 12:17PM
I see you're making the males dribble, Alex.
That's a top shot!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
23 Apr 2014 2:45PM
Not such a drip Wink Alex. Excellent image.
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 4:09PM
Well, you certainly got down and dirty to this guys level, makes for a fantastic image.

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 4:40PM
Excellent low POV.
rsjkinson 8 5 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 5:08PM
Lovely shot Alex and as you say they are an over looked bird with beautiful colours
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 6:10PM
Your right Alex they are quite beautiful, i like your low POV here and the reflection
23 Apr 2014 6:41PM
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 6:51PM
Perfect POV Alex

Often overlooked, but when portrayed as good as this they take some beating

Hopefully Hairstreaks etc; tomorrow - QuackWink

Great capture, Alex. Superb, low POV and comp.

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 8:47PM
Indeed on all counts - congrats on the GEA which was well deserved
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
23 Apr 2014 10:20PM
That must be one of the lowest levels I've seen on this type of shot that isn't underwater Grin
23 Apr 2014 10:23PM
A gorgeous capture Alex, lovely detail.

Jenny Smile
DerekL 13 192 24 England
23 Apr 2014 10:46PM
A Mallard with a difference!
Superb capture Alex, with lovely POV, colours and detail.
The water droplet is to die for.

24 Apr 2014 4:47AM
You must have got 'down and dirty' for this one, Alex.
Your timing was good, that drop of water adds a lot to the image.
He looks like he's been washing, but not a ripple in the reflection.
It's a blooming good image...!

cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2014 8:32PM
Lovely light, detail and reflections. Great shot.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
24 Apr 2014 9:04PM
A cracking shot of this handsome mallard drake Alex, such wonderful detail and colours in the plumage and the water dripping from the beak is the icing on the cake
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 10:44PM
A beautiful bird expertly photographed Alex.


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