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Teacher of Aquarobics ;-)

Teacher of Aquarobics ;-)
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 8:49
Viewed: 4961
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
As good teacher, he will have to be out of water !

Anas Platyrhynchos
The dabbling duck is 56–65 cm length, with an 81–98 cm wingspan, and weighs 750–1000 g. The breeding male is unmistakable with a green head, black rear end and a blue speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest. Males also possess a yellow bill with a black tip, females dark brown.
The female Mallard is light brown like most female dabbling ducks. It can be distinguished from other ducks by the distinctive speculum. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.
The Mallard is a rare example of both Allen's Rule and Bergmann's Rule in birds. Bergmann's Rule, which states that polar forms tend to be larger than related ones from warmer climates, has numerous examples in birds. Allen's Rule says that appendages like ears tend to be smaller in polar forms to minimize heat loss, and larger in tropical and desert equivalents to facilitate heat diffusion, and that the polar taxa are stockier overall. Examples of this rule in birds are rare, as they lack external ears. However, the bill of ducks is very well supplied with blood vessels and is vulnerable to cold.
The size of the Mallard varies clinally, and birds from Greenland, although larger than birds further south, have smaller bills and are stockier. It is sometimes separated as subspecies Greenland Mallard (A. p. conboschas).
The Mallard inhabits most wetlands, including parks, small ponds and rivers, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing; there are reports of it eating frogs.[2] It usually nests on a river bank, but not always near water. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks. They are exceptionally fast flyers for their size, reaching speeds of 65 km/h (40 mph).

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-03-15 9:32]

Bonjour Robi, bien le prof de gym qui ne fait pas grève!! et bravo pour la petite Camargue Alsacienne sous la neige. TFS, Didier.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-15 10:05]

Bravo, Robi.
Superb picture with tremendous timing and exposure parameters. You managed to freeze the scene brilliantly at so attractive moment. Great light, wonderful rich colours and excellent DOF and sharpness of the image. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-15 10:28]

Hello Robi,

You chose a nice title for this moving of the wings.
You was on just place and it perfect moment for take this nice image.
Very well note too.

Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-15 12:09]

Bonjour Robi, excellent moment! C'est bien vu et bien fait, très réussi! Bravo et merci!


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-03-15 12:52]

Bonjour Robi !
Géniale, cette photo ! J'adore la pose du canard, vous avez réussi à la figer au meilleur moment ! Les détails, les couleurs, la composition, le POV, tout cela est très réussi. Félicitations !

Wow Roby, splendid pose for this acrobatic Anas, fun composition with lovely reflections and wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Robi,
just timing.....perfect capture in motion.

tfs sERGIO

bonjour Robi

j'ai tellement hâte que la neige fonde et revoir le retour des
canards colvert et canards branchu et revoir ses scènes pour
pouvoir refaire des photos au moment où ils battent leurs ailes

superbe photo cliqué au bon moment, superbe POV,
excellent DOF, belle luminosité sur le sujet,
j'aimes les vagues autour du sujet,
excellentes netteté et détails, TFS


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-15 16:21]

Bonjour Robi,

Il est effectivement tout en mouvement, le flou des ailes nous montre très bien la vitesse à laquelle il bat des ailes.
Une pose unique que tu as capturé. Bien fait!


Hello Robi. A shot of celebration. Timely captured in superb vibrancy and vivid sharpness. Regards. Jusni

Salut Robi,
Il semble en effet très qualifié pour ce genre de travail ;) C'est une bonne capture en action, je trouve juste dommage de ne pas lui voir les yeux mais dans cette position, difficile à faire :)!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-16 19:08]

Hello Robi

This duck certainly looks like it is trying to get people up on their feet.LOL.
The focus is sharp and you have caught the action well.
Lovely warm lighting and vivid colours.
A great pose captured.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-21 2:07]

Bonjour Robi,
I liked your timing and the pose you captured. Merci

What a moment! Very funny indeed. I like that you have the torso quite sharp while showing motion through the blurring of the wings. Very effective - good SS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-27 11:55]

LOL this is an energetic fellow. Great pose captured and the light is lovely as well. Good work Robi



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