Tag Archives: mallard

On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Saturday 21st September 2019, 11.00am (day 2,949)

Huddersfield duck, 21/3/19

This canal — and its birdlife — have featured once before, in Slaithwaite. But whereas that’s a fairly rural spot, this picture was taken in the midst of the industry of Huddersfield itself. Still, it delivered a mallard so superbly lit it might have employed a Hollywood lighting director, which graciously posed in the midst of slurping up the nearby vegetation.

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Tuesday 17th October 2017, 5.00pm (day 2,245)

Mallard, 17.10/17

This mallard and I were both watching the world go by, above the Hebden Water on this Sunday afternoon…. the first real bite of autumn, I think. Wonder what he thinks about it all.

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Duck walk

Wednesday 28th December 2016, 3.00pm (day 1,952)

Duck walk, 28/12/16

One thing I haven’t done with the stats yet is count up the number of photos accounted for by different types of animal. I suspect that over the last 1,953 days, ducks will win, probably just ahead of dogs. Why? Because Hebden Bridge has plenty of them, and look — they’re basically photogenic.

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The mallard knows

Sunday 20th December 2015, 12.05pm (day 1,578)

Mallard, 20/12/15

Ducks are always good models, well-coloured and they don’t really mind people sticking cameras in their faces. Mind you, this one was turned the other way until it zipped round and had a dabble in its wing, for cleaning purposes. Looks like it’s sweeping a cape across its face — ‘The Shadow knows?’. Before your time? Before mine, for sure.

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Feed me

Friday 6th March 2015, 10.35am (day 1,289)

Hungry duck, 6/3/15

On quiet days spent working at home, at least the ducks down by the river in town usually provide a photo opportunity. This one gave it up for the camera but definitely was after something in return, like food, mainly.

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Mallard couple

Tuesday 6th January 2015, 3.55pm (day 1,230)

Mallard couple, 6/1/15

As a contrast to the fighting poultry of a few days ago, here, a much more serene couple. Little to see today, a second day in a row spent mostly working at home with grey light — declining daylight and a longish zoom account for this shot’s lack of focus.

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Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 12.50pm (day 1,196)

Mallard, 3/12/14

Pictured on the Hebden Water this afternoon. A sunny day but a damn cold one, certainly the coldest so far in 2014.

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