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The mallard

The mallard
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Copyright: Mike Gray (MikeGray) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 58] (403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF100-400 IS L 4.5-5.6L 77, Digital
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-04 10:41
Viewed: 4296
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken yesterday at my local swannery in Dorset.
This mallard was determind not to put the other legg down whilst myself and another photographer took pictures.

About the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common, widespread, and adaptable, able to thrive in all kinds of enviroments from town parks to coastle marshes, for the Mallard is the most familiar of all the ducks. The breeding male's glossy green head and whit neck-ring are instantly recognizable, and both sexes sport a characteristic purple-blue wing patch or speculum throughout the year.
Most farmyars duck are drived from the Mallard, and interbreeding has produced a range of variants on the original plumage pattern that can be confusing. Yet they still have their basic mallard character, and are often easy to identify.

Thanks for looking

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-04 11:04]

Hi Mike,

An excellent capture of this acrobat duck,well seen and captured,


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-04 11:35]

wow, the totally rare One-legged Duck (Anas solopedus)! *g*
excellent capture, mike,
the pov & composition are fantastic!
well observed & captured,

Mr Gray, your duck appears to be legless mate...

Hope you feel better soon...

Great post Mike and well spotted. Composition is spot on, well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-05 6:53]

What a beautiful and original shot that you have very well done ! This acrobat is so funny in this pose... Congratulations Mike and thanks for sharing.

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