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Unexpected visitor

By KingArthur
A couple of days ago I utilized an afternoon off work and ventured down to my favourite birding haunt for some needed time with my camera. The mild autumn weather we are having this time of the year favoured me throughout the entire afternoon. More important, with all the pandemic restrictions currently in force, I enjoyed the peacefulness and solitude of the place since not a single soul seemed to about, also doing away with the face mask for a brief time Smile

Largely dependant on migration for any significant bird movement, the Maltese Islands do occasionally experience the odd visitor particularly during the spring and autumn bird migrations. Sure enough, while scanning the estuary and salt pans as the light started to fade, I caught sight of this beautiful solitary Mandarin Duck wading gracefully into a shaded little cove further up my side of the bank. Using some good fieldcraft to remain unobtrusive, I managed to approach it within range of my 400mm lens and bagged a few good frames. Truly a beautiful duck with gorgeous colours, the Mandarin Duck is quite a rare visitor locally, so I was double content with my significant capture at the end of the day.

I hope you find the image to your liking, viewing large should look better.

Stay safe,
Joe Smile

Tags: General Reflections Wildfowl Bird photography Mandarin duck Ornithology Wildlife and nature Wild ducks Nikon D500 KingArthur Tamron 100-400mm

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11 Nov 2020 10:13AM
Excellent capture Joe,
11 Nov 2020 10:13AM
Such a beautiful bird - well captured, Joe.

dales Plus
6 13 Australia
11 Nov 2020 10:45AM
Lovely capture of this beautiful bird
richmowil Plus
13 478 2 England
11 Nov 2020 11:34AM
Great find Joe
11 Nov 2020 11:41AM
Great job Joe, well taken.

Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
11 Nov 2020 1:25PM
They are really beautiful birds Joe!
I have never seen one in real life.
So I enjoy your photo!

Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
11 Nov 2020 2:28PM
Excellent colors and reflections , Joe.

Fefe Plus
10 62 38 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2020 4:00PM
Lovely shot Smile
11 Nov 2020 6:05PM
Excellent capture of this beauty, Joe.
Great narrative tooSmile
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
11 Nov 2020 6:39PM
How wonderful for some time off and for this fine reward-- a beautiful image!
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2020 6:48PM
Lovely subject... Well seen. Excellent image
Isabel GrinGrin
capto Plus
9 6.9k 27 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2020 6:45PM
A very handsome bird, well taken.Smile
12 Nov 2020 6:47PM
A beautiful capture Joe..Lin
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2020 8:04AM
gconant Plus
10 32 1 United States
13 Nov 2020 5:40PM
A brilliant image Joe !!

19 Nov 2020 5:07PM
Great sighting ...and nicely shot !
Cheers Walt

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