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Hottentot Teal


Hottentot Teal
Photo Information
Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-11-17 12:49
Viewed: 1483
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this Hottentot Teal (Anas hottentota) couple at Rondebult Bird Sanctuary. I took this picture from a hide so couldn't get eye level perfect POV which I prefer. Light was harsh. Great good blue sky which has reflected in the water. Very difficult to capture its eye, you can see. It's totally covered by dark black-brownish feathers. I've tried my best.

The Hottentot Teal is a species of dabbling duck. It's a migratory resident in eastern and southern Africa from Sudan and Ethiopia west to Niger and Nigeria and south to South Africa and Namibia.

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Hi Srikumar
I was looking for these birds in East Africa. Unfortunately, I could not see them. Supposed to be the smallest ducks. Nice Photo. The eyes are clear in spite of the difficult conditions. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Bala

perfect capture, tfs Ori

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely couple with fantastic reflections, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hallo Sri
very nice picture of this couple ducky
nice colours and good details
thanks gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-18 9:37]

Hello Srikumar,
I have seen blue winged, green winged, and cinnamon teal, but never this species. What a gorgeous bird with fantastic colors and very nice markings. You did a great job capturing the eyes. Exposure looks great and you have obtained excellent detail. I love their blueish tinted bills.
Ron

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-19 3:27]

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful natural view on these ducks with eye contact from both of them. Excellent sharpness and a nice choice of composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Sri – Nice picture of those two small Anas hottentota. Excellent, view showing us many the details of feathers, wings and head of the birds. I like the reflection of the sky in the water

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the two birds showing many details;
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing the details of the wings, the feathers and the head; as you say, difficult to get a perfect rendition of the black eyes inside the black feathers from the head;
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the birds and the water
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background.

Impact

• Interesting picture showing those two birds from Africa; good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject inside a semi panoramic view; well done.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.

Philippe

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