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Copyright: Emanuele Stival (estival) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 98 W: 37 N: 469] (6117)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM + 1,4X Canon, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Italy - I Chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-26 5:53
Viewed: 3355
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anas strepera

Fotografata alla bocca di porto, praticamente in mare. L'ala che sembra indicare un individuo menomato è un falso: ha poi volato benissimo!!!

The male is unusually drab for a dabbling duck, his grey-brown plumage highlighted only by his completely black rear end and occasional views of the white in his wing. The female is most similar to a Mallard but is easily identified if she opens her wing slightly to show the white patch. If this is hidden look for whether your problem bird is slightly smaller and greyer than a Mallard with a distinctive bill pattern: black down the centre but neatly yellow-orange along the sides. In flight, all Gadwall have white bellies and a diagnostic square white patch in the inner secondaries.

Breeds on lakes and pools with extensive reeds. Winters on lakes, reservoirs and estuaries.

Uncommon and local breeder, mainly in East Anglia. Widely distributed during the winter.
Breeds widely throughout Europe and can be found at many wetlands in winter. Numbers on the Camargue in France and the Coto Doñana in Spain can reach many thousands in winter.

The British breeding population stands at roughly 770 pairs. Wintering numbers may reach 8200 birds.
The minimum European population is estimated at 20,000 to 25,000 pairs. Russian population 55000 Turkish population 500-5000

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-26 6:47]

Hello Emanuele,
Fine capture of a male Gadwall. The calm sea water makes a fine BG for this sharp and well composed image.
TFS and regards, Ivan

Fanno anche finta di star male... ho visto il Corriere Piccolo trascinarsi morente x poi volar via vispo come un'ape!
Ottima foto, speriamo esca il sole, non se ne può più di sfondi grigi!

Ciao Emanuele,
io una canapiglia così vicino me la sogno ancora.
Hai avuto fortuna. Grazie per questa bella foto.

ciao emanuele, sembri un giornalista che scatta le fotografie in funzione del titolo che verrà posto sull'immagine!!!

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