14 April 2016

Massey mallard

The large pond near the veterinary building at Massey University is a great place to watch and photograph wildlife, as it supports a large population of ducks along with other birds like black swans and coots, all thoroughly habituated to humans — and, if you're lucky, an occasional rat. The ducks are mostly mallards, although these are likely to have interbred to varying degrees with the native grey duck which, as a consequence, are now critically rare.

This one, however, is about as clear an example of a true mallard female as you're likely to find in Aotearoa.

[f4 at 1/250 sec.; ISO 400]



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6 comments:

Lesley said...

The feathers get me every time! What wonderful textures and colours.

pohanginapete said...

Lesley, as you probably realised, a strong wind was blowing, and that added some additional interest to the patterns.

Zhoen said...

"I've seen things... "

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, at least this particular moment might take longer before it's lost in time.

Lisa Emerson said...

If I'm ever tempted to think "it's just a duck" again, I shall remember this photograph and look more closely! Thank you for making me see something that is seemingly "ordinary" in such a new (and beautiful) way.

pohanginapete said...

Lisa, now I need to see if I can get you to see rats in a similar way ;-)