Mallards are everywhere, on every lake, pond, canal and river so I guess the fact they’re so common is why they’re generally overlooked. When you view Facebook birding pages or wildlife portfolio’s it’s very rare they’ll feature a mallard.
But these people don’t know what they’re missing. These are stunning birds if you get them in the right light and the fact they’ll come up really close also makes them an easy subject to photograph. Forget about the goldeneye on the otherside of the lake or the tufted duck just out of range and concentrate on what’s right under your nose. You may be surprised.