BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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MALLARD MIX (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I often see this pair in the same spot on the lake. They don’t swim with the other ducks so they tend to stand out. They resemble mallards in shape and size but not in colouring so I assume they must be hybrid ducks. These photos were taken on an overcast day and I liked the way the water formed interesting patterns as the ducks swam towards me. The solitary duck looked like a good subject for a black and white treatment. I used Lumenzia in Photoshop to create the effect.

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17 thoughts on “MALLARD MIX (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. Such beautiful darlings ♥

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  2. Wonderful reflections and I love the way the water ripples ahead of the bird.

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  3. I was about to say Black Duck, someone beat me to it 😀 The black and white shot is very nice. It’s hard to use B&W with birds, nice job.

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  4. Beautiful ducks and water ripples! 🙂 My wife and i need to go to the river in Momence (locally) where there are many ducks that we feed!

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  5. Wonderful, Belinda! I really like the B&W!

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  6. Really like your black and white.

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  7. These could be black ducks (anas rubripes or rubribes). They have a grayish white colour under the wings and the speculum is purple instead of blue like on the mallard. The drake black ducks have yellow bills and the hens have darker bills. They would be off on their own, so all your observations point to a black duck ID. Their numbers are down and mallards are starting to interbreed with them. These are bits I’ve learned from looking up what these might be. If you’re in eastern Canada or US, you’d be in their territory.

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  8. I really like your black and white effect.

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