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Speckled Teal (female)

Speckled Teal (female)
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ducks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 18:59
Viewed: 3521
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En: Speckled Teal
Fr: Sarcelle du Chili

The Speckled Teal is distributed in the Andes from Colombia and Venezuela south to Chile and Argentina and, at lower altitudes to eastern Argentina and the south of Brazil.

(Update on the 26th March: after 5 days I finally got an answer about those mysterious ducks on the Marne. They are Speckled Teals. They escaped from someone who is breeding them. They are doing fine. I've seen up to five together on the Marne river. Two were mating)

Approaching was in first difficult. They woud move away when I was at a 10 m distance. After one hour, they would eventually trust me and the female would lay on the ground with closed eyes at only 1 meter distance.

I laid the camera on the concrete path for a better POV and less shaking (It was quite dark already). On this pic the river was in front of her and you can see the city behind. I first shot at ISO 400, then 100. To compensate for the large percentage of miss at ISO 100, I took a large number of pics (600).

PP work:
I cloned out the ring on her right leg.
I cropped out a little of the concrete below.

2288x1712 pixels
Camera Olympus C770UZ
focal length 63 mm
1/40 sec.
ISO 100
25/03/2007 11:06 AM

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-25 19:35]

nice focus good DOF interesting bird expression. no idea what kind of duck it is.

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-26 2:41]

Hi Jean Marie

A very good shot and nice POV.


bonjour jean
dommage que le ciel ne soit pas bleu,pour ce qui est de la cane,elle est bien net avec de jolis motif et details dans le plumage.

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