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Mr. Duck

Mr. Duck
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 5:27
Viewed: 2731
Points: 24
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Mallard, or Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.
The male birds have bright green head, while the female is light brown. The Mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious. The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and can interbreed with other species of genus Anas. This interbreeding is causing rarer species of ducks to become genetically diluted.
The Mallard is 56–65 cm long, has a wingspan of 81–98 cm, and weighs 0.9–1.2 kg. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a bright green head, black rear end and a yellowish orange (can also contain some red) bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark brown bill in females). The female Mallard is light brown, like most female dabbling ducks. However, both the female and male Mallards have distinct purple speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest (though temporarily shedded during the annual summer moult). In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage the drake becomes drab, looking more like the female, but still distinguishable by its yellow bill and reddish breast.
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.
In captivity, domestic ducks come in wild-type plumages, white, and other colours. Most of these colour variants are also known in domestic mallards not bred as livestock, but kept as pets, aviary birds, etc., where they are rare but increasing in availability.
A noisy species, the male has a nasal call, the female has a "quack" stereotypically associated with ducks.

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Hi Razvan,
Superb clarity and brightness interesting. Excellent environment, with perfect focus. Perhaps the duck located slightly to the left, would have generated more visual impact. but that is a matter of taste. Greetings, Thanks for sharing. Jesús

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-18 7:53]

Salut Razvan,
exceptionala imagine. Detalii, clartate, BG de vis.
Felicitarile mele calduroase. Intr-adevar Mr. Duck este foarte tantos.
O zi linistita,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-18 8:20]

Hi Razvan,
this is superb shot showing the beauty of this pretty mallard.
Exciting volours and lively feature shown in full details.
The low angle is really making this shot so pleasant.


Ciao Razvan. Good taken wit right light and space's management. Splendidi colours.


Buna Razvan,
Excelent ratoiul cu detalii si culori splendide.
Foarte reusit fundalul care ajuta la contrast.
Este o foarte buna compozitie si prezentare.
Numai bine!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-18 12:07]

Ce ratoi fain!
Imi plce acest profil!
Culori faine si clare!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-18 12:22]

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful natural and clear colours in this photo. Taken from a very good POV. Excellent sharpness and composition.

Buna Razvan,
Culorile ratei mari mascul sunt foarte placute atunci cand te ajuta lumina soarelui. Se pare ca ai avut parte de lumina buna la aceasta imagine si ai ajuns destul de aproape de subiect sa-l fotografiezi. Din pacate la noi pana si cele mai comune rate salbatice sunt sperioase ce sa mai vorbim de alte specii.
Numai bine,

Hello Razvan
Mr Duck looks very pretty with colorful coat. you nicely captured it with nice focus, exposure and POV. composition and colors also nice. thanks for sharing.
have a nice evening and new week

Ciao Razvan, lovely ducj in a beautiful natural ampientation, wonderful colors and good sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Razvan,

Pleasing to the eye from a great capture.
Very nice vivid colors and fine details.
Light, accompanied by a successful composition, perspective and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Ciao Razvan
ottima cattura per questo maschio di Germano reale,
buono il fuoco e dettaglio, complimenti!


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