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Rock Me On The Water

Rock Me On The Water
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Copyright: Mish PM (Finland_in_Eton) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 23 N: 225] (876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-28 7:30
Viewed: 3564
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on The Thames at Windsor. This Mallard couple was napping as the waves gently rocked them, suggesting the title. I cropped this a little to improve the compostion. As always, suggestions for improving the photo or editing of it are welcome.

I found the following information at: www.uksafari.com

Latin name: Anas platyrhynchos

Size: Grow to around 55cms in length.

Distribution: Throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

Food: Aquatic plants and insects.

Special features: This is one of the commonest ducks in Britain. In urban parks they are quite tame, and will take bread from the hand. In rural areas they are a little more shy. Mallards have a habit of feeding with their tails in the air and their heads under the water. This is called up-ending, or dabbling.

The male (above) has a yellow bill, an iridescent green head, a white collar and chestnut brown breast.

The female (left) is speckled brown all over with a blue wing patch. The bill is an orange-brown colour. The chicks, which are born in April and May, are coloured yellow and brown.

It's possible you may spot one of the many hybrid mallards. They look like a mallard, but with subtle differences. These are the result of years of domestication and cross-breeding.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-28 8:08]

Hi Mish

Lovely sharp shot with excellent colours and composition - the sleepy male makes the shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-28 11:12]
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Hi Mish,

Living in the desert I love to see these ducks and water. And these are beautiful! Wonderful colors and details - beautiful setting - and so nice to see the couple together.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-29 4:31]

Mish,Nicely shown picture of two mallards. I always love them.ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-29 6:07]

Hi Mish,
this is a very calm and beautiful shot.
Lovely colours and a clear and well composed capture.
Well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-29 14:32]

Hello Mish
Excellent capture of those Mallards.Bery sharp image with nice details in the feather and eyes.Like your DOF and POV.
TFS Michel

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