Winter Duckfest Part II — Mallard Drake
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Yesterday I featured some images of a diving duck, the Redhead. Today, I’m showing an image of the best known of all of the dabblers, a Mallard.
Mallards are perhaps the most common duck species in the world and, for that reason, many photographers disdain them. That’s a pity because they are gorgeous. A few days ago, in discussing a Wood Duck, I talked about iridescence . Male Mallards have iridescent plumage on their heads. In indirect light their heads can appear to be either dark forest green or deep blue. But, when direct sunlight hits them just right, their head plumage turns a brilliant neon green. As I explained the other day, the duck’s feathers actually contain prism-like structures that refract sunlight in order to produce the iridescence.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 ISII zoom lens, aperture priority setting, ISO 400, f7.1 @ 1/800.