This is Bill. He’s a Mallard drake and few years ago he suffered a massive trauma to his bill. How this happened is not known but fellow RedBubbler duck370 found him haemorrhaging blood. Despite his horrific injury Bill made a complete recovery, all be it with a nasty disfigurement. Looking on the positive side, from my perspective, he is an immense and highly visible character, so much so that I regularly seek him out and feed him. He’s a grand little character!

Look at duck370’s work, it’s awesome.


  • jbouzou
    jbouzouabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colors… Bill is still an handsome duck ! Great portrait, Aard ! :o))

  • Thanks J, he’s a special sort of friend.


  • jockey
    jockeyabout 6 years ago

    great close up here.

  • Many thanks Bill.


  • TracyD
    TracyDabout 6 years ago

    He’s a cute chap nice shot Aardvark!

  • Many thanks Tracy.


  • Maggieposh
    Maggieposhabout 6 years ago

    WOW he is adorable …Lovely end to a sad story..great shot..Miss P

  • Thanks for your sympathetic comment MP.


  • dairygirl08
    dairygirl08about 6 years ago

    WOW, what an awesome shot and so cute.

  • Thanks again DG.


  • P. S. Many thanks for favouriting this.


  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayabout 6 years ago

    You have given Bill immortality my friend, he is special through you and your lovely image of him xx

  • Thanks Tai, he’s had his “Warhol fifteen minutets.”

    Actually I’ve been trying to get good photos of him for months and then last week I managed six or so.


  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 6 years ago

    Oooh that story just made me go week in the knees and melted my heart ! That is so wonderful and so great to see this lovely photograph of Bill. Thank you so much for sharing that. Hugs and love to you out of Africa

  • Thanks again Sandra.


  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    Ohhhh this breaks my heart, but he is still a beauty. Great shot Aardy. xxxx

  • Thanks Amarica. He may not be the best looking duck on the lake but he is the best duck on the lake!


  • Susan E. King
    Susan E. Kingabout 6 years ago

    great capture – very nice detail – love the title

  • Thanks again Susan.


  • P. S. Many thanks for favouriting this.


  • mikrin
    mikrinabout 6 years ago

    What a great story Aardy!!! I’m glad to see this!! Great shot

  • Thanks again Mike, much appreciated.


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