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Four years on TN

Four years on TN
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 2:27
Viewed: 3131
Points: 67
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Hello Friends,
Today, 4 December 2010, I’m four years on TN. In these four years I’ve learned a lot thanks to you MF. But I still have to learn a lot. Therefore I’m almost every day here to look at your beauties and to give my critiques.
So THANKS FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, CRITIQUES AND COMMENTS. And I hope to be here for a long time.

The Falcated Duck or Falcated Teal (Anas falcata), (in Dutch: Bronskopeend), is a Gadwall-sized dabbling duck.

The closest relative of this species is the Gadwall, followed by the wigeons.

Distribution and Habitat
The Falcated duck breeds in eastern Asia. It nests in eastern Russia, in Khabarovsk, Primorskiy, Amur, Chita, Buryatia, Irkutsk, Tuva, eastern Krasnoyarsk, south central Sakha Sakhalin, extreme northeastern North Korea and northern China, in northeastern Inner Mongolia, and northern Heilongjiang, and in northern Japan, Hokkaidō, Aomori, and the Kuril Islands. It is widely recorded well outside its normal range, but the popularity of this beautiful duck in captivity clouds the origins of these extralimital birds.

This dabbling duck is strongly migratory and winters in much of Southeast Asia. In India: Uttar Pradesh, Bihār, Assam, eastern Haryāna. Also in northern Bangladesh, northern and central Myanmar, northern Laos to the Mekong River, northern Vietnam (from about Hanoi north), and China: Hainan, Taiwan, Yunnan, Guangxi Zhuang, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, northern Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangsu, Shandong, southern Hebei, Shanxi, northern Shaanxi. It is gregarious outside the breeding season and will then form large flocks.

This is a species of lowland wetlands, such as water meadows or lakes, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing. It nests on the ground, near water and under the cover of taller vegetation. The clutch is 6–10 eggs.

This is a at 48–54cm length. The breeding male is unmistakable. Most of the body plumage is finely vermiculated grey, with the long sickle-shaped tertials, which give this species its name, hanging off its back. The large head is dark green with a white throat, and a dark green collar and bronzed crown). The vent region is patterned in yellow, black and white.

The female Falcated Duck is dark brown, with plumage much like a female wigeon. Its long grey bill is an aid to identification. The eclipse male is like the female, but darker on the back and head. In flight both sexes show a pale grey underwing. The blackish speculum is bordered with a white bar on its inner edge. Young birds are buffer than the female and have short tertials.

The male Falcated Duck has a clear low whistle, whereas the female has a gruff "quack".

It has a conservation status of Near Threatened.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-04 2:30]

Hello Peter,
such a lovely capture of this well detailed duck. Your four years are really wonderful, as I could share and see the beauty of birds and its excellent notes.
Well done, and I really appreciate your work.
Looking forward for more.


Ciao Peter, congratulations my friend for your four years on TN, thanks for all your splendid photo, great capture of lovely duck with fantastic colors, beautiful reflections, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
Congratulations on you 4th aniversary in TN mi dear friend!...
Beatiful shot today, of course... "A bird!.... Very thanks to you by the great collection of bird's shots you're gifted to us!
We hope still seeing your works very more years!
Regards, have a nice weekend

Hello Peter,
Perfec species and nice color.
wonderful shades of green show.

Congratulations for your great dedication to the people around you and for the wonderful priceless presentations during those four years Peter! Have a good weekend!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-04 4:38]

Once again congratulations Peter, this time on completing 4 years on TN. You celebrate the occasion with an excellent portrait of this Asian species of teal, this male being shown with excellent colours and sharpness in fine lighting and in a pleasing composition.
I has been a joy to view your bird pictures and i hope you continue to be active on TN for a long time to come!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-04 4:46]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on four years Peter, you have brought much to the success of this website with your excellent postings and critiques. So it is we who should be thanking you.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-04 4:54]

Hello Peter.
Their photo is made amazingly good. The lighting and colors are perfect. Thanks also for it Four years on TN .I wish that you remain still for a long time here. Best regards Siggi

We thank you Peter, you shared so many beutiful birds.
Congratulations. This is also wonderful shot. Details, composition and your POV are great.
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-04 5:05]

Very beautiful duck with good details and colors. tfs.

Ciao Peter. Magnificent colours and intrigant graphic effects. Very good DOF. And best compliments for your 4th TN' birthday. TFS.


Hello Peter
Beautiful photo with impressive composition and wonderful colours
Regards Christodoulos

Peter it ha been a delightful 4 years! Your images are educational and most appealing, especially for the young. But old timers as myself have seen some jaw droppers from you. Contests!

Congratulations on your 4th year in TN , Peter. I have seen many great photos and this one is an exceptional shot too. Very nicely closed with beautiful exposure of the plumage.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-12-04 7:19]

Dag Peter,

Mijn felicitaties voor 4 jaar TN.
Schepte en helderheid zijn van hoge kwaliteit.
De kleuren van deze eend zijn zeer mooi.
Goed geplaatst mooi beeld.

Prettig weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-04 9:05]

Hi Peter,thanks at you for your work,for your beautiful gallery and for your very nice friendship...and for this beautiful duck too.Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-04 9:19]

Hola Peter.
Que hermosos colores luce este bello pato en el plumaje del pecho. Exelente foto Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-04 9:54]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations and thanks a lot for all your fine contributions so far! I love this capture of the Gadwall showing its lovely plumage glistening in the light. Great sharpness too and a fine composition.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-04 9:58]

Hi Peter,

Congratulations on your four years on TN. Thank YOU for all your fine photographs and for your friendship over the years. This beautiful duck was a superb choice to celebrate your anniversary with. The pose is sweet and adorable - the colors and details are marvelous. I love the coy look in the duck's eye. Even the swirls of the water are wonderful. Here's to many, many more years on TN.


hello Peter

congratulations to your 4th anniversary on TN,
beautiful close-up shot of this duck with his
beautiful eye-contact and wonderful plumage, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-04 11:05]

Hello Peter,
My Congratulations for your four years on TN and thanks so much for your very regular presence on this site. We have learned a lot from you, especially about birds. It's also you who motivated me to take from time to time pictures of birds.
Cute colorful Asian duck with a wonderful plumage which you show on this picture which reminds me a painting.
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

Bonjour Peter,
Félicitations pour la performance !!!...
et pour cette magnifique et originale publication trčs finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter,

Very nice close-up of this cute, "bashfull" glanced beauty, the details of it's plumages are well captured with the eye-pleasing reflections on water surface. The catchligh in eye is very nice too. Congratulations on your 4th anniversary on TN MF and thanks a lot for all sharings, especially for your kind freindship!
TFS and have a nice night/Sunday!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-12-04 22:18]

Hello Peter
Splendid shot of this duck with nice colours, details and composition. Congratulations on your 4 years.
TFS ang G's,

Hola Peter

Preciosa composición de este pato con esos multicolores my bellos. Una imagen sumamente buena y agradable. Perfectos contrastes y nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Peter,
Congratulations for your 4 years on TN and for your good contribution
This is an other beautiful photo

hallo Peter
ik dacht dat ik gisteren jou een bericht had gestuurd!
Maar nee zie ik dat hij nog open staat
Hierbij noch de felicitatie voor je 4 jarige bijdrage aan TN met zoveel mooie foto,s
Ga zo door
groetjes lou
ps Sorry ik heb geen SMILE meer voor je

Hello Peter,
Congratulations to your 4th anniversary on TN! Excellent image with beautiful colours and fine sharp details. Well done!

Hello Peter, thanks for all expertly works which you shared with us. Lovely shot of this duck wit great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hallo Peter,
congratulations on your four years on TN, and thank you for your great gallery,
a superb portrait of the Falcated Teal, fantastic colours in a very beautiful close composition
Best regards

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful duck and you have captured a nice pose. Lovely colours and gereat details.TFS

Congrats on your anniversary Peter, a beautiful teal to mark it with..
TN is where I started, and it's people like you that make it work so well :)
Thank you!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-08 20:32]

Hello Peter, and congratulations on your four year anniversary.
Just when you think you have seen every duck there is to see, someone brings up another one that you are not at all familiar with. This is the case with this particular bird that you have posted here.
The markings and colors are simply stunning. Excellent detail and wonderful exposure on this fine photo. Great work!!

Hi Peter,
I'm sorry I missed this one but I am not so regular in TN. But better late than never.
Congratulations on your four years at TN, it has been very nice to you around during these years, you have helped a lot with your great pictures and nice comments.
I hope you will be here for a long long time, mf
Best Regards

Hi Peter,

Like Gert, I also missed this image when posted, so first of all sorry! Congratulations for your first 4-year period on TN. :) I hope you'll be here for a long time - eventhough this is not your personal best pic by my opinion. Nice and colorful, with visual impact, great use of technique (even the photo seems slightly oversharpened) - but this is all, I don't feel the "wow" effect which came so often when browsing your gallery and clicked a pic. Even told on the last day of the year, on a celebration image, but I hope you can accept my personal opinion MF.

I wish you & your loved ones a very happy and prosperous new year, friendly regards, László

Peter, this is a very beautiful photo of this beautiful duck. Have a great day and thanks for your comments, Bill

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