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I was at Rocky Neck State Park photographing Egrets and Herons, when this Mallard took flight. The shot was taken on Sept. 18, at 8:30 AM.
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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Canon R5, Canon 100-500mm, 1.4ext, f10, 700mm, 1/2000, +.3EV, ISO 5000. The shot was cropped by 60%, and I used DXO Photo Lab 4 control points bring down the water highlights and bring up the exposure and detail on the Mallard.

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Both shots are nice, Peter, though I’d be tempted to blur the background a bit more if possible to make the bird pop more. My preference is for the second as I like the wing position.

Nice. I love Mallards. Both are great shots, sir.