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Duck: “Who’s that then?”

I love when animals and birds look at you with a tilt of their heads as if inquisitive. What is this duck saying?
“There’s that guy with the camera again! Why does he keeping taking photos of me and my man?”
“What’s that thing he’s pointing at me?”
“I wonder if he has any bread?”
Ah yes, such is the life of a bird in an urban environment!

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 180mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

6 replies on “Duck: “Who’s that then?””

Donncha, nice shot again! Female Mallards are almost always described as drab and they are, from a distance. Up close, though, their plumage is quite striking, almost like tortoiseshell, and you’ve caught it beautifully.

HI –

I saw a duck in McKinley Park in Chicago, hanging with a bunch of Mallards and by all rights, was like a mallard, but it had a green head and a completely brown body. Can you send this out en mass to birders with my email address attached. I need help to id it and can’t find matches on the internet. I’m new at this. Help appreciated. Nice picture. I love it when the female mallard just comes at you making so much noise, like – get the heck out of my way.


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