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Indian Spot-billed Duck

Indian Spot-billed Duck
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-04 4:12
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Points: 12
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The Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha) is a duck found in tropical and eastern Asia. It has three subspecies: the Indian Spotbill (A. poecilorhyncha poecilorhyncha), Chinese Spotbill (A. poecilorhyncha zonorhyncha), and Burmese Spotbill (A. poecilorhyncha haringtoni).

This duck is resident in the southern part of its range from Pakistan and India to southern Japan, but the northern subspecies, the Chinese Spotbill (A. p. zonorhyncha), is migratory, wintering in Southeast Asia. It is quite gregarious outside the breeding season and forms small flocks. The northernmost populations have expanded their range northwards by more than 500 km since the early 20th century, possibly in reaction to global warming. These are Mallard-sized mainly grey ducks with a paler head and neck and a black bill tipped bright yellow. The wings are whitish with black flight feathers below, and from above show a white-bordered green speculum and white tertials. The male has a red spot on the base of the bill, which is absent or inconspicuous in the smaller but otherwise similar female. Juveniles are browner and duller than adults.

It is a bird of freshwater lakes and marshes in fairly open country and feeds by dabbling for plant food mainly in the evening or at night. It nests on the ground in vegetation near water, and lays 8-14 eggs.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Species: poecilorhyncha

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Spot-billed_Duck

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Hi Vinay,
This is very pretty spot-billed duck. Nice focus and details on the duck with lots of nice calm blue water space around the duck. Well done.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-04 5:46]

Beautiful duck captured with find colors, just composition could be better. tfs.

Once again a good shot from you Vinay. Nice composition and good colors and clarity.

Hello vinay,

an nice image from this duck with good low pov and sharpness.
fine colors.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-04 8:25]

Hello Vinay,
Even though the composition is a bit too central this is a fine capture of the Indian Spot-billed Duck.
The sharpness, colours, lighting and calm water BG are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-13 2:59]

Hello Vinay,
Beautiful photo of this Spot-billed Duck. Don't see it often here on TN. Very nice natural colours and good sharp focus on the head. A bit too centred in the composition, but the rest is o.k.

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