A Mallard Duck landing in a pond in Grayslake, Illinois.
Story Behind the Photo
Mallard ducks are quite common in North America and makes for a very good photographic subject. The male mallard ducks have amazing plumage and makes for a fantastic portrait photographs.
As you might be already aware, I never think twice to make a photograph of any bird. I don’t run behind the rare species instead I love all birds. That’s the core principle I have used while writing my free bird photography ebook 15 Incredible Bird Photographers Tips for Beginners.
On this occasion I set myself up to a lower position to get a cleaner background and get the approaching mallard duck photograph. It is generally not very easy to get an approaching shot as they avoid landing in front of humans. They can swiftly change their course of flight in case they see someone close.
It was a very long wait until this mallard duck flew towards me. I was so delighted to see it coming towards me and I didn’t want to miss a chance like that. It took quite a long time until I could get the autofocus system lock onto the incoming mallard duck.
If you are a beginner, you should never underestimate the potential of photographing a mallard ducks. They are your best friends. They allow you closer like no other birds. You could take superb photographs with virtually any lens longer than 50mm.
Why not use that opportunity to make some memorable photographs thereby learning all the skills necessary for pulling out some amazing bird photographs?
Facts from Wiki
The mallard or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.
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