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Mallard ducks

Mallard ducks
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-11
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-21 16:05
Viewed: 1820
Points: 20
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hello all
i have taken this shot during a walk, this mallards are on the top of a wall along the river, i have a lot of duck photos in my archive but i like this one because of the colorful BG

The green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck is a familiar sight to many people living in the Northern hemisphere. In fact, the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide-ranging duck on Earth.
Mallards prefer calm, shallow sanctuaries, but can be found in almost any body of freshwater across Asia, Europe, and North America. They’re also found in saltwater and brackish water and are commonly found in wetlands.
The male, or drake, is the more distinctively colored of the mallards. Its iconic green head sits atop a white neckband that sets off a chestnut-colored chest and gray body. Females are mottled drab brown in color, but sport iridescent purple-blue wing feathers that are visible as a patch on their sides. They grow to about 26 inches (65 centimeters) in length and can weigh up to 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms).
Mallard groups can often be seen head dipping or completely upending in the water. They rarely dive though, spending their time near the surface and dabbling for invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and a variety of plants. They also graze on land, feeding on grains and plants.
Mated pairs migrate to and breed in the northern parts of their range and build nests on the ground or in a protected cavity. They normally lay about a dozen eggs, and the incubation period lasts just under a month. Mallards are territorial during much of this period, but once incubation is well underway, males abandon the nest and join a flock of other males.
Most mallard species are common and not considered threatened. However one threat to their populations includes hybridization with other ducks.

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Bonjour Jacqueline

Oui belles couleurs et aussi belle lumière dans l'arrière-plan,
une sieste paisible pour ce couple de canard, j'aimes surtout
de la façon un peu diagonalement qu'ils sont cadrés,
cela donne une dynamisme à l'image, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-22 1:43]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Simple shot with nice colour contrast!
A beautiful natural capture with fine colors, details & composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Delightful choice of background, Jacqueline.
The Mallards look really nice against it.
Thanks for sharing this cheerful image.

Hello Jacqueline,
It's a common species here in our area. Quite well captured. Personally I try to avoid man made things which I can see here. But color is truly natural and beautiful.
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,
Regards and have a nice WE,

Bonjour Jacqueline,
you have added an interesting and informative note to an attractive photograph of the mallards in their very colorful environment.
Regards Les.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-23 7:13]

Salut Jacqueline,une espece qu'on a vu plusieures fois sur TN,mais la composition est tres tres jolie et coloree',parfaicte capture e cette couple avec details impressionants.Bonne nuit! luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-23 12:10]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice vibrant colors! Sharp & detailed. Great pose between the two of them also. Your notes are excellent! Well done! Regards Sigi

Bonsoir Jacqueline,

Les canards sont bien placés dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des canards colverts. La bonne luminosité rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Ciao Jacqueline, lovely composition with nice couple, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jacgueline,
Nice pic of birds, which also are popular in my region. I like blurred background of floral.

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