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Robe's of Satin & Silk

By SteveMoulding    
While we were away we stopped off at a lovely lake in the Forest of Dean call Mallard's Pike. We have been there many times before albeit better weather. There were planty of Mallard's on hand and this single Mandarin. The weather was none too kind, being wet, overcast and misty as well as cold. We only stayed for a short while, just enough time to feed the Ducks and take a couple of snaps. I hope you like him. Mandarin's always remind me of Emperor's in their golden silk robes with ornate designs.
Thanks for all the C&C's on my Robin, all are very much appreciated.
Have a good week and let's hope the weather improves.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Cormy, barbarahirst, graceland and 97 more

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17 Nov 2009 4:48PM
Delightful capture

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RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
17 Nov 2009 4:54PM
Lovely image, beautifully presented. Like your narrative too.
17 Nov 2009 5:01PM
superb set
kencbr 10 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 5:02PM
quality picture, well taken
jimpy1 8 England
17 Nov 2009 5:05PM
Fabulous colours Steve well worth the stop off.
17 Nov 2009 5:22PM
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
17 Nov 2009 5:28PM
Two great images so well captured thanks for sharing Colin
17 Nov 2009 5:31PM
Two super shots, difficult to chose the best one.
franken Plus
14 4.2k 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 5:34PM
These are lovely.

EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
17 Nov 2009 5:50PM
These are wonderful. They never seem to be real with their superb colours and shape. You've captured them so well and there's no way I can chose one instead of the other.

17 Nov 2009 6:03PM
Two fabulous images, superb colours.
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 6:13PM
2 wonderful captures, lovely colours and detail
Nettles 10 England
17 Nov 2009 6:22PM
We only seem to have boring brown ducks here, wish we had a few of these super chaps.
17 Nov 2009 6:34PM
Such fantastic clarity.

Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 6:41PM
2 superb captures Steve, excellent detail and colours
VidB 8 11 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 6:50PM
Two great captures, superb detail and colours , well captured
17 Nov 2009 7:26PM
Two great images Steve - superb colour & detail captured

Roly 10 Wales
17 Nov 2009 7:45PM
Super colours and detail.V1 for me.
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 7:54PM
Two wonderfully detailed images of this lovely duck.
STEVELIN 9 161 3 Ireland
17 Nov 2009 7:58PM
fantastic shots steve well taken.
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 8:12PM
Stunning captures. Smile
fraser 13 631 14 Scotland
17 Nov 2009 8:21PM
Both lovely images. Show the Mandarin off to its best.
Dave_Holdham 8 4 1 Wales
17 Nov 2009 8:30PM
Wonderful images, great detail and colour, well captured
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
17 Nov 2009 8:50PM
Such a beautiful duck and HOW well have you captured it??


PS Can't decide between Vs 1 and 2 but V2 kinda wins out for me.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
17 Nov 2009 9:08PM
Fantastic color and clarity, a superb capture Steve.
DerekL Plus
12 175 24 England
17 Nov 2009 9:53PM
Nice image.
Like the way that you have used the dark background to enhance the beautiful colours in the duck.
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 10:02PM
wow what a great image, these gorgeous ducks amaze me for the beauty of the texture and tone of their feathers, you really have captured it well here..

17 Nov 2009 10:02PM
2 beautiful Mandarin duck shots, such beautiful colours

WildLight 9 145 3 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 10:05PM
Great photos of this Mandarin.
Brilliant composition in both pics.
Lovely colours as well.

TerryMcK 8 71 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 10:06PM
My vote makes this a well-deserved 50 - good work with these to fine captures of this beautiful bird, Steve.
phill 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 10:10PM
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
17 Nov 2009 10:13PM
Simply superb Steve - marginally V2 for me as I love the eye contact.
Ray42 9 3 England
17 Nov 2009 10:26PM
A great pair of shots Steve - good detail and colour
arhb 9 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 10:42PM
Excellent work Steve - 2 great shots.
Has to be V2 for me.
bpearson3 8 1 England
17 Nov 2009 10:59PM
Stunning images, Steve.
Pin sharp and beautiful colours.

oll1e Plus
10 57 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 12:51AM
2 super images steve ,i like v1 as it shows the full majestic coat and the backdrop is darker showing the colours off better.Great capture my friend Smile
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
18 Nov 2009 6:01PM
Brill. in every way.. x2
Dusan 8 Sri Lanka
18 Nov 2009 6:02PM
Great set Amazing detail V2 for me
goso 10 2 1 Australia
18 Nov 2009 6:35PM
Great pics of an amazing bird Steve...Bill
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 9:34PM
Two great shots of this beautifully coloured duck - Ina
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 9:50PM
lovely duck and well captured
18 Nov 2009 10:15PM
Superb detail and colours in both images !! Wonderfully captured...
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
18 Nov 2009 11:31PM
Two superb images Steve. - gary
Thushari 7 1 Sri Lanka
19 Nov 2009 2:39AM
Two great images with excellent detail and colors.
JdeNLucas 8 4 3
19 Nov 2009 10:44AM
These are lovely images Steve, Best wishes John
19 Nov 2009 4:25PM
So colourful and beautiful capture. Gary
19 Nov 2009 4:27PM
superb image,my friend
ijaceone 13 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2009 5:52PM
Very nice shot
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2009 7:17PM
WOW!! never seen better than this,you should have an award. Brian
fantastic shots lovely detail well captured.
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 7:39PM
Superb work. The colours are fantastic
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
22 Nov 2009 10:03PM
Two fantastic shots of this handsome mandarin drake, you've captured some glorious detail and colours in his plumage
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
25 Nov 2009 2:04PM
super duo
28 Mar 2010 6:25PM
lovely bird and lovely capture

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