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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-16 8:13
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Garganey (Anas querquedula) is a small dabbling duck. It breeds in much of Europe and western Asia, but is strictly migratory, with the entire population moving to southern Africa, India (in particular) Santragachi and Australasia in winter, where large flocks can occur. This species was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 under its current scientific name. Like other small ducks such as the Common Teal, this species rises easily from the water with a fast twisting wader-like flight.
Their breeding habitat is grassland adjacent to shallow marshes and steppe lakes.
The adult male is unmistakable, with its brown head and breast with a broad white crescent over the eye. The rest of the plumage is grey, with loose grey scapular feathers It has a grey bill and legs. In flight it shows a pale blue speculum with a white border. When swimming it will show prominent white edges on its tertials. His crown (anatomy) is dark and face is reddish-brown.
Some care is needed in separating the brown female from the similar Common Teal, but the stronger face markings and more frequent head-shaking when dabbling are good indicators. Confusion with the female of the Blue-winged Teal is also possible, but the head and bill shape is different, and the latter species has yellow legs. Pale eyebrow, dark eye line, pale lore spot bordered by a second dark line.
These birds feed mainly by skimming rather than upending.
The male has a distinctive crackling mating call; the female is rather silent for a female duck, but can manage a feeble quack.
Garganey are rare breeding birds in the British Isles, with most breeding in quiet marshes in Norfolk and Suffolk. In Ireland a few pairs now breed annually in Wexford.
The Garganey is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. The status of the Garganey on the IUCN Red List is Least Concern.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-16 8:15]

Hello Mircea,
Superb photo of this Garganey in all aspects. One of the best photos of this species I've ever seen. The clarity is gorgeous. A beauty!

Salut Mircea,
Extrem de reusita aceasta fotografie al unei specii de rate pe care am intalnit-o si eu dar de la o distanta foarte mare. Detaliile si culorile sunt excelente. Foarte buna lumina si balansul de alb.

Hello Mircea,
Excellent portrait of interesting ducks, great reflection.

Buna Mircea,
O fotografie de invidiat a speciei, mascul de Ana que, in penaj nuptial splendid, felicitari!

Impressive photo Mircea ! The pose, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-16 9:08]

Hello Mircea,
really splendid picture with great sharpness and perfect POV; wonderful shades of warm colours and excellent light. A beauty!

Hello Mircea,
wow, what a great picture of this duck with very good sharpness and wonderful colours. I also like the lovely reflections and the fine clarity. Congratulations!
Best wishes,

Bonjour Mircea,
Une splendide lumière bien maîtrisée qui fait resplendir de délicates couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-16 11:07]

Hello Mircea.
Beautiful colors, outstanding sharpness and exposure. I like very much the way he sits in the water and the eye contact.Best regards Siggi

Hi Mircea,
really beautiful photo. Great sharpness and details. Perfect reflections in water.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Mircea, great capture of lovely duck, fantastic reflection, beautiful natural colors, splendid light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mercea,

An excellent capture with fine colors, details & sharpness. Beautiful composition & nicely done.

TFS & regards


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-04-16 13:39]

Hi Mircea
what a beauty!
maybe you should straighten the horizon, it seems to swim upstreams

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-16 14:38]

Spectacular choice of point of view to take this beauty whit this magnificent reflections,what a details and colors and very professional light balance,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

great reflection of the most awesome species..one i have never seen before! Well done my friend

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-16 23:19]

Lovely details and colors of this beautiful duck, captured well with its reflections too. tfs.


A very clear image you have posted. I like the tight composition, your lighting and especially the sharpness and detail of the subject.

hello Mircea
this is beautiful
so good sharpness and great details with beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-17 11:14]

Hi Mircea.
Crisp sharp image of a lovely bird. Composition of the shot is amazing as well as exposure and colours. I like a wonderful mirror reflection so much. Great job.

Hello Mircea,
I am not going to waste any words, . . . this one is going straight to my favourites!!! Perfect in all photographic aspects to my knowledge my friend!
Best regards,

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