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Duck female

Duck female
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephane Ballestraz (Steffleu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 26 W: 3 N: 53] (540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-03-20 14:33
Viewed: 4679
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I think that it is a female mallard juvenile, but if somebody can confirm me that...
We can see fabulous capacity of camouflage of its plumage...
The photo taking with the flash at nightfall...
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This is a good catch, but there are few things to improve.
The branch in the front is very distracting, it is also creates a shadow on the bird.
The flash is very well seen on the bird, it created shadows and create a very strange reflection from the birds eye.
You took a big chalange to shoot this picture in this situation.

A difficult subject under these conditions and the flash has bleached a little colour from the feathers.

That said, there is a lot of detail here and it's a challenging shot that is well taken..

c'est une femelle de colvert devenue albinos suite des croisements trop nombreux entre les canards d'ornement et les canards sauvages.

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