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Miss Mallard at Annecy

Miss Mallard at Annecy
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-04 11:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This nice female Mallard has been photographied on the edge of Annecy lake.
I photographed it closely to see the details of the plumage.


Name : Mallard – Scientific name : Anas Platyrhynchos – Family : Anatidae.


Mallards are known as "surface feeding" ducks because they dip and dabble in the shallows of fresh and salt water marshes. They do not usually dive below the surface, except that young birds or molting (flightless) adults sometimes dive to avoid danger. Mallards are agile fliers who can take off almost vertically.

The male can be recognized by its distinctive glossy green head, white neck band and rusty colored breast. The female is a mottled brown. Both sexes share a blue speculum (a bright blue rectangle of color) and a white bar on both sides at the hind end of the wing where it joins the body. The male has very curly tail feathers and bright orange feet. Mallards can range in size from 20-28 inches long with a wingspan reaching between 30 and 40 inches. The male is larger than the female. This is most noticeable when they are out of the water.

The nest is usually built on the ground among dead grasses, reeds, edges of lakes, reservoirs, on muskrat houses, in marshes or marshy ground and sometimes far form the water on higher ground. They also nest among dense stands of phragmites reeds, on islands or bulrushes of swampy creeks, or even in the hollow of a tree

The female produces between 7 and 15 light green eggs which she incubates for 28 days. The ducklings are lead to water as soon as their soft, downy feathers are dry and they first fly about 2 months after hatching.


Resized and framed in 800x600 for TN.

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Very clear sharp photo, all the details really stand out, and the water looks so clear. Well done, I love all the colors shown on her.

hello TAZ,
jolie canard, les details sont bons et les couleurs sont naturelles.
l'eau transparente est rapellée avec la tache bleu sur le plumage.
good shot ;)

Very good catch, nice work with your camera, I think that you should open a little bit the frame, this would help to the cropped leg on the bottom.

Très belle netteté, et quelle transparence de l'eau !... L'Ixus 400 n'en finit pas de m'étonner, décidément. Bravo !

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-04 16:31]

Christian, a very nice photo. Excellent colors, pov and composition. Sharpness is perfect too.

A great job. The reflex upon the water is a nice bonus.

Hi Christian, what a shame you cut off part of the foot.
I think also a slightly lower perspective would improve the composition.
Good detail and colour though, well captured.

Nice shot Christian,
The water is so clear, it makes this shot that extra bit special.
Nice details, good colours and well composed.
Thanks for posting

Very nice shot!
Details,clearity and DOF are wonderful!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-05 5:09]

Wonderful lady shot Christian.
Very sharp,colourful and detailed photo.
I liked the reflection on clear water very much.

Nice shot Taz. Your close-crop has displayed excellent detail..Very nice work, Thanx!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-05 6:08]

The crystal clear water is fantastic. Details are very sharp and the colors are great. POV & DOF are good. Maybe the crop is a little tight on the back. TFS!

Bonjour Christian :-))
C'est tres jolie canard! Et j'admire de l'eau tres cistalisee! Superbe!

Imprssive sharpness and color. Love the water in this one. Nice compo and the foot does not bother me a bit. Great shot, well done.

Very nice shot. Nice clear water. Good details and POV.
Well done.

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