Colourful Visitor

For those who like wildlife photography, Cleethorpes Country Park has a very colourful newcomer, a Mandarin duck.

I struggled to get an image yesterday as it was so far away (this is massive crop) but I understand it comes quite close sometimes. 

It should be somewhere near the red arrow.

Update from our Nature Guru, Colin Smale ~ Mandarin is still there in the same place.  Sometimes comes too close to get it all in the viewfinder so if you have only got a short zoom lens you will be fine.  

Just go to the red arrow, sit at the picnic table there and watch for the 4-5 mallard ducks there, the mandarin will be with them because he has taken a shine to one of the mallard females. (Well there’s no female mandarin duck about, what can I say!) 

Mandarin Duck by Colin Smale.

Jo Humberstone

I've always had an interest in photography, starting too many years ago than I care to remember. I have a variety of cameras in working order ~ pinhole, medium format, 35mm and digital. With working full time, there never seems to be enough free time to properly indulge in using them. 10 years or so ago, I took my first (and only!) "A" level ~ in photography. I was the only one on the course to only do darkroom work throughout. My own preferences lie with film and alternative processes ~ Digital is fine for most things, but for me it hasn't got as much "soul"! I enjoy sloshing around with various chemicals and I enjoy the unpredictability of some of the results. Having said that, I am happy to rise to the challenge of digital work and manipulating images for competitions and suchlike when time permits.

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