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She leads him

She leads him
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-24 7:55
Viewed: 3973
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ulla and I went on a week’s holiday to Mallorca where we stayed close to the famous wetland national park, Albufera. After the first two days it became cloudy and windy with some rain while the weather at home was sunny and fine!

Red-crested Pochard, Netta rufina

Swedish name: Rödhuvad dykand, meaning ’red-headed diving duck’

Here the female leads the male.

The Red-crested Pochard is native to the warmer parts of Europe, especially the Mediterranean. It also breeds in Central Europe to over winter further south.
As it has been introduced as an ornamental bird in parks it has established itself in several European countries including the UK. Despite this it is not regarded as a common species of duck.

Several pairs nest in this Mallorca national park

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 15 meters (33 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened using the unsharp mask mode and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Hi Ivan,
Are they married? :)
Very nice photo of this two birds. Very good point of view. Nice natural colours. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ivan!
Welcome back!!! I miss you here in TN...Now I see that you were in " la dolce vita"...kkkkkkkkkkkk
Many congrats for this lovely pic showing these lovely little ducks.
Nice composition and good colors and sharpness. Well done! TFS
Happy Easter!

PS: I have something to you in my gallery!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-24 8:23]

Hi Ivan,welcome back.Finally a warm week for you and Ulla too...ehehe...A very nice first pic from yor trip,it's the love moment for the birds like that and you caught the moment very very well,whit the usual excellent quality and beautiful composition.Happy Easter and thanks for share,Luciano

Ciao Ivan, nice composition with lovely couple, fine details, fantastic colors, beautiful light and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

great shot of this beautyful duck and his mate

well done

It remains sharp to the eye, yet there is a softness of the mind....as it is quite the image from you Ivan. I can see feelings in this one. Your title is more than simple and goes on forever....
He is Risen

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2011-04-24 10:03]

Merhaba Dostum Argus!

Macar ördeklerini çift haliyle çok güzel kaydetmişsin. Renkler, ışık ve göz teması harika. Tebrikler...


Ciao Ivan. Interesting light's management and excellente coklours results. Well done indeed.


Eres un viajero incansable Iva :-)
Yo viví en Mallorca durante 4 años pero más al sur de donde tomaste esta fotografía,
por la zona de Cala d'or, Cala Llombarts, Cala Santany... guardo grandes recuerdos de esa época.

Tus patos preciosos, por aquí también tenemos esa especie pero no muy abundante.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ivan
Interesting species and impressive photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Bonjour Ivan,
Très belle et tendre scène de la vie sauvage merveilleusement restituée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Ivan,
A wonderful pair of ducks for sure. They are perfectly together so the focus is spot on. Great light and colors. I like it. My female leads me sometimes as well but its usually while she is pulling on my ear. I can't wait to see what else you brought back from your holiday.
Have a fine easter weekend.

Lovely presentation of the Red-crested Pochard couple, Ivan! Very simple and effective capture with sufficient depth of field and brilliant detail! Bravo! Greetings to Ulla!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,
Excellent composition with sharp and fine details, nice colours, all captured from good POV. Happy Easter!

nice couple, I will increase ocntrast a little and cut out the lower water part, TFS Ori

Hello Ivan,
Nice capture with splendid natural colors and lovely POV.
The clarity is great. The details are splendid and very good sunlight.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan, nice couple of ducks for a walk, perfect recovery and very good light. All the best, Paul

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-25 1:20]

Bonjour Ivan,
Sometimes it is not better in the South :-). But I'm sure you have seen interesting things, like this charming couple with the leading female..she is really very cute and I suppose it's not too difficult to follow her!
I wish you and Ulla a sunny day :-)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-25 5:59]

Good image of this pair showing the markings and colors of the sexes well. tfs.

Bonjour Ivan,

Good picture showing the couple. You catch a nice sunlight, surounding help to isolate the subject. Good technics, sharp image, good exposure. Nice work and TFS.


Hello Ivan,
This is just beautiful! Lovely detail, colours and definition. A pleasure to view.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-04-25 8:42]

A very lovely pair, Ivan.

Have a great vacation!


Hello Ivan,
Very good picture.
Nice color.
Have a good day

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of this pair of the Red-crested Pochard, very good sharpness and amazing red eye, marvellous colours and light, a very pleasant composition
Best regards

hello Ivan, beautiful scene, I like the natural vivid colors, I hope that you enjoy this beautiful travel destination!
ρεγαρδσ Νασοσ

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up photo of these ducks
with the beautiful light coming on them,
very fine POV at their level and framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ivan
De quoi parlent-ils ?...
Sont-ils inquiets ? ...
Dans tous les cas, ils sont splendides. Merci et bravo pour le portrait

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