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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-29 1:41
Viewed: 3030
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As you all probably know, this is a Mallard drake :-)
I took this at Stocker's Lake in April.

Here's some info on Mallards:

Latin name
Anas platyrhynchos

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

The mallard is a large and heavy looking duck. It has a long body and a long and broad bill. The male has a dark green head, a yellow bill, is mainly purple-brown on the breast and grey on the body. The female is mainly brown with an orange bill. It breeds in all parts of the UK in summer and winter, wherever there are suitable wetland habitats, although it is scarcer in upland areas. Mallards in the UK may be resident breeders or migrants - many of the birds that breed in Iceland and northern Europe spend the winter here.

Where to see them
It is the commonest duck and most widespread so you have a chance of seeing it just about anywhere where there is suitable wetland habitat, even in urban areas.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Seeds, acorns and berries, plants, insects and shellfish.


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Hello Joe,

Nice shot of this duck. Does there always so good at the beginning of the breeding season. A razorsharp shot with beautiful natural colors. Nice POV, DOF and BG are good.

Have a nice sunday and TFS BOB

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-29 2:22]

Hi Joe,i haven't words to comment,the impressive quality of this pic is enough!!The details are perfects 100% and i like a lot the reflections of the metallic green,my best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-29 2:44]

Hello Joe,
Excelent capture and well done on the composition. The POV is great,
Regards Siegfried

Hi Joe,
A nice portrait of this Mallard. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-29 9:06]

Hello Joe, very nice portrait of the Mallard, good tight crop, very sharp details and a good exposure, well done, thanks!


Hi Joe,
Perfect portraiy shot of this hansome mallard.
Great clarity, DOF and POV.
Well done OwlMan!


That's about as close in as one can get for a head shot...near to if not perfect...and I know you can get closer...as is your way...then of course a part would have to take over as the focal point such as you do so well in spiders and flies!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-29 9:49]

Hi Joe,

How close can you get??? A sensational shot that is picture perfect. The colors, the irridescence, the razor sharp details throughout, the soft wake in the water - all are magnificent. Great composition.


Hi Joe,

Excellent close-up capture of Mallard drake with great composition, pin-sharp details, good BG and bright natural colours.


Best wishes


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-29 14:31]

Hola Joe, muy buen primer plano, con excelente detalle, luz y color. El medio pico mojado es muy bueno. Un saludo

Wow Joey, you are constantly keeping me inpressed! You have such good notes and all and such nice photos, its great that you are able to keep getting these! Besides my recent camping trip, I have'nt been able to get out into nature much becasue of money money money! :-( but some day things will get better :-) also very nice angle! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-30 1:14]

Hi Joe,
very impressive clarity and sharp detail, love the green and effect on the water, well done mate.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-30 6:17]

Hello Joe,
Great portrait of this Mallard. Fantastic sharpness and details. Perfect natural colours, also in the water. Composition, POV and DOF are excellent.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-30 10:40]

Hello Joe, Very nice and superb shot. Ecxellent capture on the eyes and focusing perfect. Ganesh

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-30 12:11]

Hi Joe!

Perfect portrait of this colorfull mallard. Very nice pose, light and colours. I like details, especially partially wet beak. Great photo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-30 17:59]

Hello Joe,
This is the best closeup portrait of a mallard drake I have seen. Fantastic work Joe.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-02 23:32]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful portrait! Well done
Best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-02 23:55]

Hi Joe

A lovely shot - great composition with excellent focus and use of light. Great work.


Once again a very close one, Joe.
You achieved a very good compo, POV and DOF.

H Joe,

very nice portrait. beautiful pose. good colours.



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