Mandarin Duck

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Seeing a Mandarin Duck through my viewfinder was a first for me but there it was in all its beauty. I’d been hearing of sightings of a Mandarin Duck by other photographers in the area, so I was on the lookout hoping to at least spot it. But luck came my way on this Tuesday morning when a second glance over at a half-submerged log had me starring straight at a Mandarin Duck.

A quick spin of the zoom lens out to 600mm and a careful look had me convinced I was staring at a Mandarin Duck.

The light was harsh, and the background was far from ideal, but I couldn’t let this opportunity pass, so shoot I did hoping I’d get at least a few shots before it took off.

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Nice, an escapee no doubt. We have one here as well (Burnaby Lake), it has a wood duck mate but they can't conceive.
 

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Luck goes to the prepared! You were out there.....and got rewarded. Tough lighting but you handled it well. Was the last one shot later in the day?
 
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Nice, an escapee no doubt. We have one here as well (Burnaby Lake), it has a wood duck mate but they can't conceive.
Thanks West. That is the prevailing thought around here is that it escaped from someone's private pond, in any event it has provided a fair share of excitement for those that have spotted it.
They are truly beautiful birds. Congrats on both the sighting and the captures.
Thanks Dan.
 
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Great opportunity. Beautiful duck. I don't think the bg is bad at all. It just shows the environment.
Thanks Allan, it tuff to get the backgrounds you'd like most of the times.
Luck goes to the prepared! You were out there.....and got rewarded. Tough lighting but you handled it well. Was the last one shot later in the day?
Thanks Karen, tough lighting on some of them for sure. And yes to your question.
 
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Great shots Louie. Not so much luck as putting yourself in the position to get the shot?
Thanks Bill, it was a surprise to have found this beautiful duck that's for sure.
Gorgeous bird!!!! What good fortune that you spotted him and had the right gear and the skills to capture him so nicely!
Thanks very much Connie.
 
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Seeing a Mandarin Duck through my viewfinder was a first for me but there it was in all its beauty. I’d been hearing of sightings of a Mandarin Duck by other photographers in the area, so I was on the lookout hoping to at least spot it. But luck came my way on this Tuesday morning when a second glance over at a half-submerged log had me starring straight at a Mandarin Duck.

A quick spin of the zoom lens out to 600mm and a careful look had me convinced I was staring at a Mandarin Duck.

The light was harsh, and the background was far from ideal, but I couldn’t let this opportunity pass, so shoot I did hoping I’d get at least a few shots before it took off.

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Louie
Nice set Louis, real beauties, would love to see one in the wild.
 
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Beautiful They're right up there with Wood Duck and Harlequin for spectacular plumage.
Thanks very much, I'm with you on their being right up there with Wood ducks.
Beautiful images. These Mandarin and Wood Ducks are my favorite in their beauty.
Thanks Walter, I agree.
Nice set Louis, real beauties, would love to see one in the wild.
Thanks John, they are quite something alright.
 

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