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By SteveMoulding  
I think the female Mallard's are just as beautiful as the male's, the markings are so intricate. This was taken at the appropriately named lake 'Mallard's Pike' in the Forest of Dean, as was my last upload. It was a very bright day if a little overcast, no blue sky but still difficult to judge settings. I think i have got it about right but all mods are always welcome.
I haven't managed to get much practice lately (I need it badly) and this was only one of a couple of days I've been out with my camera in the last three months. I will have to dip into the archives before long.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the glorious weather.

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Tags: Duck Mallard Wildfowl Waterfowl Wildlife and nature Mallards pike

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Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
25 Jun 2010 4:45PM
A fine shot of this female mallard, excellent detail in the plumage

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
25 Jun 2010 4:50PM

Quote:A fine shot of this female mallard, excellent detail in the plumage

I agree.

CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
25 Jun 2010 5:19PM
An excellent image, Steve. Carol
25 Jun 2010 5:19PM
Wonderful female Mallard's! The Truth it is magnificent? Excellent shot Steve!
Regards Evgenya
25 Jun 2010 5:30PM
and, it's marking time! Great pic.
25 Jun 2010 5:39PM
Perfect capture with great composition.
25 Jun 2010 5:52PM
Beautiful sharp shot, Steve, and great composition, really good.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
25 Jun 2010 6:01PM
Have to say, i agree with you. The females are indeed every bit as beautiful. This is a beautiful shot of her. Nice pose and lovely detail in her plumage.

25 Jun 2010 6:03PM
Works for me and a greatcomp as well
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 7:04PM
cracking comp steve wonderful detail a beauty nice one Wink
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
25 Jun 2010 7:12PM
Lovely shot of the mallard, Steve. The detail and colours are so good.
goso 10 2 1 Australia
25 Jun 2010 7:17PM
Fine detail Steve, and better still large...Bill
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 7:49PM
Excellent shot, superb detail, beautifully taken.

andymark 6 1 England
25 Jun 2010 8:12PM
very nice shot indeed
Roly 9 Wales
25 Jun 2010 8:51PM
A fine shot Steve.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
25 Jun 2010 11:13PM
I notice there are no mods to date and thats because imo you have this spot on. - gary
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
26 Jun 2010 12:29AM
superb close up and composition Steve
26 Jun 2010 6:16AM
A super close up shot, very well taken,with great detail
[I thought Mallard was an A4 pacific though]
Ray42 8 3 England
26 Jun 2010 6:41AM
An excellent shot - the females are often overlooked normally because they dont have the bright colours - lovely marking
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2010 7:02AM
Super capture Steve, like her pose and great detail .
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
26 Jun 2010 1:10PM
Fine shot.

Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2010 4:00PM
You certainly captured her well Steve,
good details in large view, and she's giving you the it!
26 Jun 2010 5:20PM
Aexcellent capture spot on
26 Jun 2010 7:13PM
hi Steve,fine image here
dweezil 8 1 England
26 Jun 2010 8:44PM
A beauty Steve some lovely detail in the large one
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2010 12:08PM
Lovely shot Steve.
Alec1 8 4 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 9:53AM
Nice capture Steve.

Quote:Have to say, i agree with you. The females are indeed every bit as beautiful. This is a beautiful shot of her. Nice pose and lovely detail in her plumage.


I totally agree! Well done! Smile
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 4:32PM
very beautiful and fine detail

28 Jun 2010 7:07PM
A fabulous detailed capture, Steve.
28 Jun 2010 8:29PM
very well composed image
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 8:36PM
Very nicely captured Steve - Ina
metro074 6 8 Australia
29 Jun 2010 11:57AM
A superb image
Jo12 6 England
29 Jun 2010 7:57PM
Excellent shot!
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2010 12:50AM
excellent capture Steve

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