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Arctic Long-tailed Duck

Arctic Long-tailed Duck
Photo Information
Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon 300/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4 ext. II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 15:17
Viewed: 3697
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I went to the fantastic island Öland. It's a true birders paradise and one of the best birding places in Sweden. It's a school holiday this week and my wife and youngest daughter went to Germany for a couple of days so I took the hide and drove to Öland early this morning....

It was a truly fantastic day with no wind and just a few degrees below zero (Celsius). Unfortunately the sky was all grey despite the forecast but I was all alone on the famous peninsula of Ottenby. This was a great but rather strange feeling as in the peak season it is quite crowded here.

I saw quite a few lovely birds and I will post them in the days to come but I decided to start with this favourite, the Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis/Alfågel). It's a arctic bird the normally spend the winter far away from land. I was lucky and spotted a few of them fishing here. Unfortunately you can not see their incredible long tail when they swim. It is almost as long as the bird itself!

I took this in raw-format for the first time and converted it in Photoshop CS3 beta to jpeg.
PP work in Faststone and Photoshop CS3 beta.
Crop, levels, lightning and a bit hue
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener
Noise reduction with Imagenomic noiseware professional
Copyright and frame in Faststone

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Evelynn: Thank you!falke 1 02-21 13:12
To Argus: Tack Ivan!falke 1 02-21 13:09
To manyee: Thank you!falke 1 02-21 13:07
To fragman: Thank you Ori!falke 1 02-19 15:33
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great to see this unique duck, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-19 16:22]
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Hej Bengt!
Nice capture of this male Long-tailed Duck, nice and sharp with a nice comp among the rocks. They usually show their long tails after they have been preening and oiled their feathers. Then they are a little higher in the water. This one has a low water line!
TFS, hälsningar, Ivan

Look forward to your other Öland shots!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-20 20:56]

Superbe spécimen.
Bravo et merci pour le partage.

Boy, I would love to see one of these ducks. You were lucky. Great capture.

How do you like the 1.4 extender?

Evelynn : )

What an amazing looking duck, Bengt.
I really like his markings and colors.
A very rare duck on TN, and probably not often seen in the world.
Great POV with good exposure.
TFS. : )

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-15 10:16]

Hi Bengt,
Very nice capture of this beautiful Long-tailed Duck. I liked your low POV and the composition. TFS

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