Thanks so much for your valued critique and for being honest in expressing you point of view. We need it so much more here in TN.
You are quite right in saying that a water bound shot (with a nice reflection) could have been better. However, there are quite a number of such shots in TN (31 to be exact). As my notes pointed out that 'during the daytime they spend much of their time resting in shady areas' my decision was to show this specific behaviour.
There is another motivation though. Since I wanted to congratulate and celebrate Chi Liu's 100th posting I wanted to do some word play to link up with his Chinese name so the resting (chilling) mandarin became Chi-Ling mandarin.
I hope that explains the situation somewhat.
Chi-Ling Mandarin Duck (41) *