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richardjackson
 
richardjackson April 21, 2015
brilliant photo
rogercampeau PRO
 
rogercampeau April 26, 2015
Awesome capture !! :-)
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick May 21, 2015
Wonderful photo. Never seen birds so colorful on water.
vbFMILLINES229181 PRO+
 
vbFMILLINES229181 June 09, 2015
Thank you fredstein, very beautiful colors
shema
 
shema June 15, 2015
so vibrant! beautiful
kkat PRO
 
kkat August 21, 2015
Magnificent Capture! Outstanding.
Are these ducks from China??
Flybeachgirl
 
Flybeachgirl January 16, 2016
So colorful. Very nice !
purpleshutter
 
purpleshutter January 16, 2016
Beautiful photo!
vickitidball
 
vickitidball January 16, 2016
Beautiful
sandytoes34287
 
sandytoes34287 January 16, 2016
I have never seen such beautifully colored birds. They are living works of art! Remind me of a Wood Duck... Thanks for sharing. Sandy
ewangilmour
 
ewangilmour January 16, 2016
Loving the colours! There's another super photo in here with the top duck alone.
GentleSoul444
 
GentleSoul444 January 17, 2016
Cool! I've never seen quite like it. I have to see 'em next time I go to Bejing.
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debalways21 January 17, 2016
Fantabulous
sweetest_syn11
 
sweetest_syn11 January 21, 2016
Absolutely beautiful.
TraciLPowell
 
TraciLPowell January 24, 2016
This picture caught my eye very quickly. Perfect.
jacquesvanwyk
 
jacquesvanwyk January 29, 2016
Like a painting - awesome photo !
artemiopascua
 
artemiopascua January 30, 2016
beautiful contrast and composition
hectorcormack
 
hectorcormack February 01, 2016
Lovely .. incredible colours ...
ZachEddy
 
ZachEddy February 14, 2016
Breathtaking!
Achiever
 
Achiever April 15, 2016
Amazing Colorful Couple !!! thanks fredstein... am following your posts from now.
adavies PRO
 
adavies December 07, 2016
So pretty! Great capture! Would love to see one of these guys in person sometime...they're so beautiful! :)
leslie57
 
leslie57 July 22, 2017
Wow..had to look real close to see if they are real !!!
redsponge
 
redsponge September 03, 2017
Double wow! What species of bird is this?

Behind The Lens

Location
These beautiful male mandarin ducks was taken at Beihai Park in Beijing, China.
Time
It was a cold, snowy, December Day, right at 5:00 pm.
Lighting
The day was heavily overcast. Photo was taken with ambient light at 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600.
Equipment
For this shot I was using a Nikon D-7000 DSLR, paired with an 18-300mm les without flash or tripod.
Inspiration
These were the most colorful ducks I had ever seen and was mesmerized with them plating in the icy water during a snowstorm.
Editing
I did some minor cropping to bring in the detail of the ducks colors.
In my camera bag
During this trip I was carrying Nikon D7000 and Nikon D50 cameras. Normally I carry two cameras, a Nikon SB-5000 flash and a tripod.
Feedback
Don't be timid with the weather... be ready to do some walking away from the main crowd, and exercise patience when waiting for the shot, especially with wildlife.

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