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Happy New Year! 2012

Happy New Year! 2012
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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: 2011-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-01 12:14
Viewed: 2644
Points: 28
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The Eurasian Teal is the smallest dabbling duck alive (with the exception of the Bufflehead ducks) at 3443 cm (1317 in) length and with an average weight of 360 g (13 oz) in drake (males) and 340 g (12 oz) in hens (females). The wings are 17.5-20.4 cm (6.9-8.0 in) long, yielding a wingspan of 5359 cm (2123 in). The bill measures 3.24 cm (1.3-1.6 in) in length, and the tarsus 2.8-3.4 cm (1.1-1.3 in).
From a distance, the drakes in nuptial plumage appear grey, with a dark head, a yellowish behind, and a white stripe running along the flanks. Their head and upper neck is chestnut, with a wide and iridescent dark green patch of half-moon- or teardrop-shape that starts immediately before the eye and arcs to the upper hindneck. The patch is bordered with thin yellowsh-white lines, and a single line of that colour extends from the patch's forward end, curving along the base of the bill. The breast is buff with small round brown spots. The center of the belly is white, and the rest of the body plumage is mostly white with thin and dense blackish vermiculations, appearing medium grey even at a short distance. The outer scapular feathers are white, with a black border to the outer vanes, and form the white side-stripe when the bird is in resting position. The primary remiges are dark greyish brown; the speculum feathers are iridescent blackish-green with white tips, and form the speculum together with the yellowish-white tips of the larger upperwing coverts (which are otherwise grey). The underwing is whitish, with grey remiges, dense dark spotting on the inner coverts and a dark leading edge. The tail and tail coverts are black, with a bright yellowish-buff triangular patch in the center of the coverts at each side.
In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the hen; it is more uniform in colour, with a dark head and vestigial facial markings. The hen itself is yellowish-brown, somewhat darker on wings and back. It has a dark greyish-brown upper head, hindneck, eyestripe and feather pattern. The pattern is dense short streaks on the head and neck, and scaly spots on the rest of the body; overall they look much like a tiny Mallard (A. platyrhynchos) hen when at rest. The wings are coloured similar to the drake's, but with brown instead of grey upperwing coverts that have less wide tips, and wider tips of the speculum feathers. The hen's rectrices have yellowish-white tips; the midbelly is whitish with some dark streaking.
Immatures are coloured much like hens, but have a stronger pattern. The downy young are coloured like in other dabbling ducks: brown above and yellow below, with a yellow supercilium. They are recognizable by their tiny size however, weighing just 15 grams (about half an ounce) at hatching.
The drake's bill is dark grey, in eclipse plumage often with some light greenish or brownish hue at the base. The bill of hens and immatures is pinkish or yellowish at the base, becoming dark grey towards the tip; the grey expands basewards as the birds age. The feet are dark grey in males and greyish olive or greyish-brown in females and immatures. The iris is always brown.
This is a noisy species. The male whistles cryc or creelycc, not loud but very clear and far-carrying. The female has a feeble keh or neeh quack.
Males in nuptial plumage are distinguished from Green-winged Teals by the horizontal white scapular stripe, the lack of a vertical white bar at the breast sides, and the quite conspicuous light outlines of the face patch, which are indistinct in the Green-winged Teal drake. Males in eclipse plumage, females and immatures are best recognised by their small size, calls, and the speculum; they are hard to tell apart from the Green-winged Teal however.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-01 12:17]

Hello Razvan,
Nice photo in beautiful colours and a good composition.
Happy New Year to you too,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-01 12:50]

Hi Razvan,what a beautiful capture to start the 2012! Very original and strange,i like it! I wish you all the best me too for the new year and thanks for share,Luciano

I am also reciprocate my good wishes to U.

Artistic presentation Razvan! Excellent composition, fantastic soft colours and good sharpness!
Happy New Year!

Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely flying ducks, beautiful composition with wonderful natural colors, very well done, Happy New Year 2012 my friend, ciao Silvio

Buna Razvan,
Faina captura in plin zbor....Culorile naturale si detalii bune.
La multi ani si numai bine in actiunea cu Suedia.
Va lipsi delta care este un sanctuar al pasarilor de apa.......

Ciao Razvan.
Ottimo tenpismo nel fotografare queste anatre in volo,ottimi colori ,bene la composizione come la nitidezza complimenti.
Ti auguro un Buon Anno ciao Marco.

Hi Razvan,

first of all, Happy New Year!I find this image very significant also from a symbolic point of view, a "soft" flight into the future...that however, at least here in Italy, it does seem rather "harsh"....The first-rate composition with the subjects to different distances gives a very good depth to this image having also excellent colours.Good the contrast between birds' silhouettes on the whitish BG.



Buna Razvan,
Cind vad fotografia ta frumoasa mj aduce aminte Delta dunari care da un sentiment sa fiu acolo.Fine captura si o compozitie perfecta.-Felicitari-
La multi anii si numai bine!

Buna Razvan,
Frumoasa captura a acestor rate in zbor surprinsa in culori foarte frumoase. La multi ani si multa, multa bafta anul acesta!
Numai bine,

hello Razvan
very nice composition with great details and beautiful colours
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)
  • [2012-01-02 22:19]

Hi Razvan.
I have never meet these ducks in flight. Very nice scene and you managed to freeze it perfectly. Composition of the shot and its framing are also very nice. TFS and best regards.

Hi Razvan,
A Beautiful capture my friend. Fantastic in-flight capture with good detail and beautiful expressed colours. May you have a fantastic 2012.
Best regards,

Hello & Happy New Year to as well Razvan.
Interesting frame with the birds in & out of focus, it works for me :)
Well done!

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