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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-01 4:19
Viewed: 2717
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha) also known as the Spotbill, is a dabbling duck which breeds in tropical and eastern Asia. It has three subspecies: the Indian Spot-billed Duck (A. poecilorhyncha poecilorhyncha), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (A. poecilorhyncha zonorhyncha), and Burmese Spot-billed Duck (A. poecilorhyncha haringtoni).

This duck is resident in the southern part of its range from Pakistan and India to southern Japan, but the northern subspecies, the Eastern Spot-billed Duck (A. p. zonorhyncha), is migratory, wintering in Southeast Asia. It is quite gregarious outside the breeding season and forms small flocks. The northernmost populations have expanded their range northwards by more than 500 km since the early 20th century, possibly in reaction to global warming.

This duck is around the same size as a Mallard. It measures 55–63 cm (22–25 in) in length and 83–95 cm (33–37 in) across the wings, with a body mass of 790–1,500 g (1.7–3.3 lb). These are mainly grey ducks with a paler head and neck and a black bill tipped bright yellow. The wings are whitish with black flight feathers below, and from above show a white-bordered green speculum and white tertials. The male has a red spot on the base of the bill, which is absent or inconspicuous in the smaller but otherwise similar female. Juveniles are browner and duller than adults.

The Eastern Spot-billed Duck is darker and browner; its body plumage is more similar to the Pacific Black Duck. It lacks the red bill spot, and has a blue speculum.

It is a bird of freshwater lakes and marshes in fairly open country and feeds by dabbling for plant food mainly in the evening or at night. It nests on the ground in vegetation near water, and lays 8-14 eggs.

Both the male and female have calls similar to the Mallard.

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Ratoiul asta este simpatic si are si o reflectie frumoasa in apa.
Mi se pare foarte interesant varful galben al ciocului.
Multe salutari.Alin.

hello Marius,
splendid scene with reflection, very good photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hallo Marius
I am a bit scarce around the site at the moment, please pardon my short note. I just love the detail of the 2nd bird in the image, which off course is the one in the mirror image. This image is very sharp, and the colours are lovely. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-01 4:35]

Super poza. Nu stiu daca am mai vazut o poza atat de buna la un roman cu specia asta. E vorba de rata pestrita (Anas strepera) mascul. Greu de surprins ratele la noi in tara, sunt foarte sperioase...in afara de rata mare.
Numai bine

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-01 6:05]

Nu numai pasarea de azi e splendida,dar si reflctarea ei din apa este excelent capturata!

Ciao Marius, lovely mallard in a nice composition with fantastic reflections, splendid sharpness, fine details and great natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-01 7:25]

Hello Marius,

Bautiful capture and well done on the composition. The reflection is an added bonus, a pleasant view.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-01 8:03]

Felicitari pentru aceasta fotografie reusita despre rata pestrita, mascul!

excellent shot with capture of reflection along with bird adding interest to the image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-01 10:49]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful clear coloured photo of this Gadwall. Excellent sharp details and reflection on the water. Good composition and low POV.

Buna Marius,
Imi place imaginea ta, ai avut parte de lumina buna, de un subiect "fotogenic" cu o reflexie clara in apa.
Numai bine,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-01 11:08]

Hello Marius.

A clear shot of this duck.
They are so common but they are nice models to capture.
Nice colors and great of sharpness.

Gr. Hans

Hi MF Marius,

Excellent photo, you've managed to focus in on the male gadwall very nicely. Nice balanced exposure and iöpressive reflections too.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Hello Marius,
a fantastic capture of the Gadwall, superb sharpness with fine detail on the plumage, beautiful natural colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

Ciao Marius. Very good macro shot with stunning details and perfect DOF. Fantastic silver reflections.


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