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I took this photo of a drake (male Mallard duck) while a little girl was throwing bread to a group of ducks and geese. The male mallard typically has a green head but it is currently in his “eclipse” plumage. This shot was taken at the Green Ribbon Trail in St. Catharines, Ont, Canada on Oct 4, 2009

Nikon D80
1/100 f/6.7
0 EV
ISO 125
focal length 500mm

featured in Canadiana Oct 19, 2009

featured in # 1 ARTISTS OF REDBUBBLE Oct 19, 2009


drake, mallard, duck, eclipse


  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    Dave this is perfect!!!!!! Fabulous wing action and the clarity of the head is perfect!!! Fantastic detail!!!!!! Have you heard of the 300 Go Long! group … they’d love this!!!!!

  • thank you very much Lois. I have not heard of that group but will check it out

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Tamara  Kenneally
    Tamara Kenneallyalmost 5 years ago


  • thank you Tamara

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    A fabulous action shot – - – beautiful!!!!!

  • thank you very much Lorilee

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Luca Renoldi
    Luca Renoldialmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful sense of movement and capture. Well done.

  • thanks again Luca for your comments

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

    wow, what a beautiful stop action image,,,,,,,,,

  • thanks Vickie. That shot was total luck. I just happen to have the camera pointed in that direction and he started flapping. I would have never been quick enough to react if I wasn’t already aimed :-)

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroalmost 5 years ago

    great capture

  • thank you very much Heloisa

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • thank you very much Stephen. It was total luck because my camera just happened to be pointing in that direction

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaalmost 5 years ago

    DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!This is such a delightful & awesome image! Cheers to you! WOW I would definitely make this a t-shirt!

    Smiles Leilani :o)

  • thank you very much for you great comment Leilani. This was getting so few views that I was about to take it off Redbubble

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 5 years ago

  • thank you very much Pat. It’s an honor to be featured in your group

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

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