Most birds are lovely in one way or another, but I can think of few who surpass the male Mandarin duck. A pair of these beauties wander free on the grounds of one of my Hawaiian hotels. But you had to get up early to find them as they went into hiding by the time most guests were strolling about. I took a zillion pics of this boy, but decided that this head study was intimate and personal.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 24x

8/12/14 1142 views 17 features

CHALLENGE WIN in Ducks Only Challenge, Photography Challenge 9/11/13
CHALLENGE WIN (tie) in Best Lumix Shot Challenge, Lumix Lovers 12/14/12


Featured in Close Ups in Nature 8/12/14
Featured in Top Shelf Wildlife 7/14/14
Featured in Hawaiian Beauty 5/20/14
Featured in Photography Challenge 9/11/13
*Featured in Hosting Tutorial 11/11/12

Featured in Amazing Wildlife 11/4/12
Featured in PostCard Style 11/1/12
Featured in Nature’s Paintbrush 10/31/12
Featured in Color Me a Rainbow 10/28/12
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Featured in Exceptional Everyday Women 10/26/12
Featured in Breathtaking Animals and Plants 10/25/12
Featured in Just Pure Nature 10/23/12
Featured in 2 Featured Submissions 10/23/12
Featured in Solo Exhibition 10/22/12
Featured in Superbly Visual 10/22/12
Featured in Art Universe 10/22/12


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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • Tammera
    Tammeraalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your superb work!!

  • Thanks so much for the honor of a feature.

    – Linda Sparks

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Wow, Linda, this is perfect, perfect, perfect.

  • Thanks Frannie. Much appreciated.

    – Linda Sparks

  • TREVOR34
    TREVOR34almost 2 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful……..

  • Thanks so much. These ducks are something else.

    – Linda Sparks

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 2 years ago

    I have to agree with you here ~ what a beauty and so well framed, I can imagine the pleasure and the pain in having to chose! xx

  • Thanks so much for the support. Having so much natural beauty to work with helped.

    – Linda Sparks

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    10-22-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thanks so much for the feature. Much appreciated.

    – Linda Sparks

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your October 22, 2012 feature in The Best of Red Bubble places this image among the best of the best. Please visit the forum post to see the other featured artworks.

  • Thanks so much for the honor of a feature.

    – Linda Sparks

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoalmost 2 years ago

    Linda, Beautiful portrait. I have never seen this species before.

  • The whole bird is spectacular. One of these days I’ll put up a full body shot.

    – Linda Sparks

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Selected work from inside Solo Exhibition:
    “Featured Work of the Day” — Monday, October 22, 2012.

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome detail and colors, great image!

  • Thanks so much./

    – Linda Sparks

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