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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 70-300 APO MACRO SUPER II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamBirds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-23 11:49
Viewed: 2982
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
This is closeup of female mallard shot in Kukenhof.

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), also known as the wild duck, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Probably the best-known of all ducks, it gave rise to most domestic ducks, apart from the Muscovy Duck. Mallards also look like Call Ducks, but are larger in size.

It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south; it is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. It also frequents Central America and the Caribbean, and has been introduced into Australia and New Zealand. It is now the most common duck in New Zealand.

In captivity, Mallards come in wild-type plumages, white, and other colours. Most of these colour variants are rare but increasing in domestic collections.

I think this a wild duck as i did not see any signs of captivity in Kukenhoff park

Source for mallard details : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard


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Delightful portrait of this female Mallard, Goutham.
Superb details and colours in this close-up image.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-23 14:36]

selam goutham; amazing close up shot of this lovely mallard,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours very good eye contact TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-23 15:08]

Hi Goutham. a very good shot of the mallard. good colours and detail. very good eye colour. sharp focus. and a nice POV. well done TFS. good notes to.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-23 15:10]

Hi Goutham,
This is a very nice shot of the mallard female. Good composition with a very good pov. Good focus and sharpness and great looking bg.
TFS Paula

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-05-23 15:37]

Hello Goutham,
This is a beautiful portrait of the wild duck.
Nice plain blurry BG.Colors and details are great.

Dear Goutham , Beautiful profile portrait.. very nicely placed and fantastic details of eyes and beak etc. very well depicted, very good picture. With best Regards.vab.

Hello Goutham
What a great portrait of this female Mallard,
Perfect details ,BG and composition,
Fantastic colors, Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-24 10:27]

Goutham, very close of female mallard. The portait is wonderful. TFs Ganesh

Hi Goutham, nice portrait. She's a sweet, smiley-faced duck. Cheers, Uma

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-05-24 12:31]

Hello Goutham,

Excellent close-up and composition about this female mallard... I think she will change of hairdresser as it seems that some feathers are cut (from scissors) at the back of the head ;-) You had a great bg complimenting so well the duck! Very nice!




Very good portrait. Nice background.

Murali Santhanam

Hi Goutam,

How is Nertherlands? I am regularly checking for your postings in treknature.

Have a nice time and weekend. Hope to see some more new pictures on Monday morning.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-05-27 3:51]

hi goutham,
a very good picture of this mallard.sharp focus,gud lighting.xcellent details overall picture is perfect.TFS

Excellent depth of field; it looks really sharp. Every part of the mallard is in focus.
Vignesh Giridharan

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