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The Mallards

The Mallards
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Copyright: Serge BREARD (BREARD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D800, AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-22 0:27
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

The male Mallard has a long gray body, with the Brown-lilac breast. Can see iridescent mirror lined with white on the wings of the male and female, and feathers curved upwards on the short tail of the male. The tail and the tail are black.
The head and neck have green feathers iridescent, separated from the chest by a white collar. The beak is large and yellow, and bears a black tab at the end. The eyes are dark. The legs and fingers are red orange.
The female is more Brown than the male, spotted buff, white and dark brown. The face is light brown with black line across the eyes. The CAP has dark streaks. The lower parts are clear with the whitish tail, the tail light and the abdomen.
The beak is orange or yellow, with a few black spots in the middle. The legs are red orange.
Habitat: Mallard ducks live in any kind of wetland, calm rivers, ponds, marshes of fresh or salt water, fresh water lakes, estuaries and sometimes coastal bays sheltered. He needs floating and emergent vegetation for food, aquatic invertebrates and seeds of these plants.
Some populations are resident if the resources of food and sheltered areas are abundant.

Behaviour: Mallard duck is a duck bubble feeding at the surface of the water, and plunging the head below the surface by switching his body, tail stretched vertically out of the water, all while swimming. He floundered in the shallow waters but will go also "graze" on the ground or glean seeds in crops in the winter.
Courtship is the male flaunt his bright feathers. It swims around the female with the tense neck and then, he plans his head back on his back. It also lists his body on the water with the swollen chest and rejects some water the Bill while it emits a slight wheezing. Then, he quickly draws its tail two or three times. In the end, angering the feathers of the head, which is the neck just along the water and there, it swims in every sense, as if it was crazy! Mating takes place in the water after an elaborate parade.
The female usually chooses the territory near the place where she was born, and some females return each year in the same place. The female is an excellent mother. If she is surprised at the nest by an intruder, bat wings and launches raspy screams while running on the ground, as if she was injured. This attitude is in general sufficient to keep away predators from the nest.

Flight: Mallard has a quick flight to its large size. They are agile birds that can fly almost vertically.
It flies with the head and neck outstretched in front, with little further and faster beat. Its speed can reach 80 km/h.

Nest: The nest of the Mallard is generally built on the ground, hidden in the dry grasses and reeds, in swamps or marshy soils, sometimes far from the water on the highest parts. It may also nest in a hollow in a tree. The nest is lined with pieces of straw and grass.
The female lays 8 to 10 pale green eggs, sometimes almost white. Eggs are deposited each day. Incubation lasts about 30 days by the female only, and only begins when the clutch is complete. During incubation, the female uses of fine feathers of abdomen to line the nest. It covers eggs with these feathers when she leaves the nest to feed.
The chicks are precocial, and can swim as soon as their fluffy feathers are dry. Once in the water, small find themselves their food.

Plan: The Mallard first is a vegetarian, feeding on various seeds, but it uses also some mollusks, insects, small fish, tadpoles, snails and fish eggs.

Protection / threats: Mallard is deemed as a game in its habitat, but the populations are not in danger. This species, as other ducks, is losing its wet habitat, but it happens to adapt in the areas of urban parks and other places where water is present.

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Ciao Serge, lovely couple of beautiful mallards, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Serge
Beautiful imagenfine texture and colors,well captured.-Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-22 1:25]

Hello Serge.
Very nice picture of these cute couple. I like your POV, exposure and composition. DOF is selected very well too.Best regards Siggi

Hello Serge,
Nice capture of a wonderful mallard couple. Lovely natural colors and good details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-22 8:45]

Hello Serge,
beautiful image of this splendid pair with excellent point of view, sharpness and detail. Natural colours and good light.
Well done!

hello Serge
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-22 13:25]

Hello Serge,
A very nice capture of these couple with fine sharpness and taken from excellent POV...Nice colors and wonderful composition...
Have a nice day!...

Hello Serge,
fine capture of these couple of mallards with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like the nice light and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-22 15:13]

Salut Serge,tres jolie composition et une belle maniere pour capturer cette couple,magnifique prise de vue et details de haut niveau,excellente aussi la capture des couleurs metalliques.Mes compliments et belle Dimanche,Luciano

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