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Mandarin Duck


Mandarin Duck
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor ED 400mm 1/2.8 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 7:54
Viewed: 3793
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan.

The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.
Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang (simplified Chinese: 鸳鸯; traditional Chinese: 鴛鴦; pinyin: yuān yāng), are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.

I understand you wanted some colors after the Corvus corax.
Please enjoy.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-14 8:02]

Hello Michel,
I had to look twice before I find out what the pose of the head was. Very original. Fantastic colours and details with a great focus. I like the composition with the red beak in the middle.
Regards,
Peter

Hiya Michel, stunning shot, awesome colours and details, almost put my neck out trying to see what the duck was doing, very nice composition, creative capture!

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