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Fighting Pin-Tail Ducks

Fighting Pin-Tail Ducks
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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: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM, Digital ISO-200, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictured Symbolic Qualities of Sun [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 4:28
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed these two fighting Pin-Tail Ducks at a large pond in Cotswold Wildlife Park.

I hope you like this one!

Latin name
Anas acuta

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Slightly bigger than a mallard, these long-necked and small-headed ducks fly with a curved back pointed wings and a tapering tail, making this the best way to distinguish them from other ducks in the UK. The pintail is a 'quarry' species, meaning that it can be legally shot in winter, but - unlike in parts of Europe - it does not appear that shooting is affecting their population status in the UK. The small breeding population and significant winter population make them an Amber List species.

Where to see them
A localised species, pintails occur sheltered coasts and estuaries. Particularly large concentrations found on sites such as the Dee Estuary, Solway Estuary and Ouse Washes.

When to see them
All year. Wintering birds arrive from September with numbers peaking in December. The return migration takes place from late February into March.

What they eat
A variety of plants and invertebrates.

Thankyou for any comments.

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Hello My Friend!
An another perfect capture of your excellent photography! But please say these ducks "Do not fight! make love" friend:)
TFS friend for this lovely capture.


hello joe,
excellent capture, i loved the pose and the eye contact, the focus is spot on and the details are superb,
well done,
tfs & regards

็Hello Joe,
I just have the feeling that these two Pin-Tail Ducks are in courtship. The image is well seen with sharp focus. Lovely composition. Very well done and tfs.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-21 6:48]

hi Joe,
Great shot.. very cute, looks like they're snuggling in a duck sortof way, and you've captured the moment perfectly. fantastic focus and composition. well done and tfs

Hi Joe!

If you wouldn't tell, I would think they are in love... Whatever, the picture and the ducks are nice, I'm impressed by the richness of the details, the sharpness is perfect. Moreover, the whole picture is held in the same color tone. This makes it an outstanding one.

Kind regards


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-21 7:10]

Hi Joe,

A very nice capture,the light and your timing were on your side,well captured with great colors and details,thanks


Superior use of available sunlight! almost as if it we the Creators flash going off...making the image super clear and very well coloured...Nicely done Joey!
Added to theme..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-21 7:56]

Hello Joe,
This looks like a late Valentine card!! Wonderful capture of these beautiful Pintails posing very nicely for you. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours. Good use of fill-flash and a superb composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-21 8:54]

Hi Joe,

If they are fighting they still look fond of one another. What a great shot this is! Wonderful timing to get them in this pose. You froze the action perfectly with excellent details of the ducks. Lovely natural colors. I see that one is banded but not the other.


Very nicely done, Joe! Excellent detail! Just beautiful! Cheers, Klaus

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-21 11:29]

Hi Joe. I have never seen this duck before so thanks for posting. once again good use of the light on the natural looking feathers. a good POV/DOF. good notes too.
well done TFS.

Hello Joe,
Wow, seems like the guy to the left has got a really good grip on his adversary!
Funny action is captured, and with great details in both birds...
Fine light and good colours, well framed!
Pablo -

Hi Joe, cute couple in lovely pose, splendid colors, great sharpness and wonderful details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-21 13:05]

Hello Joe,
Another excellent photo with very beautiful light on the ducks. Great contrasting colours against the dark BG. Fantastic sharp details.

Hello my friend,
petit commentaire en francais car je suis vraiment trop mauvais en anglais.....
Très jolie photo Joe,
j'aime beaucoup l'affection entre ces 2 canards, la pose est superbe, excellente qualité comme d'habitude,

Hello Joe,
Now I see the 400D is doing all the excellent job for you!
This is truly a great shot with superb sharpness, original colouration and so much details to view both of them!
great job, Joe!
have a good weekend!

Hello Joe,
Great shot, excelleing compositon and timing, superb sharpness and colors, very good details and light.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-21 20:10]

Two sumo fighters ;-) They don't really look mad even though the pose suggests a fight. They are truly beautiful and I like the flash/snapshot effect, as I guess it was getting dark and yet, the picture shows up very well. Nice details and colours, Joey, thank you again,


Hi Joe, if you didn't tell us they were fighting I would have thought this was an affectionate pose, though looking closer I see one duck has the other by the throat. Ouch, that's gotta hurt.

The thing that struck me first about this shot was your composition and the way you've cropped the shot in a squarish format to put the one duck's tail right down in the corner, then cropped it off with the other ducks head and tail. I wish they'd sell cheap flexible frames and matts so we could always do this sort of thing with prints. Your light is excellent, I don't know if it's sunlight directly on the birds or flash. It doesn't matter, it worked. The colour and detail pulled out with this light is very good. Nice presentation.

Thanks, John

Hi Joe,
Magnifique, quelle belle prise de vue, superbe composition et très beaux détails.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-21 22:35]

Hi Joe

Great shot - really nice detail and colour. The eyes are really good too.

I have not seen any Pintails this winter - we normally have them on the Washes - Tufted Duck on the other-hand have suddenly popped up everyehere.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-21 22:59]

Hi Joe,
Very nice capture of this pair with good lighting, POV, focus, sharpness and details. I liked the pose you captured.

I am so far behind on this site. I used to come here every single day but lately I just don't have the time. Maybe things will slow down for me. :)

A great shot - - - love the details in the feathers and the interesting lighting. Well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-22 9:14]

Joey, Superb just simply superb. I might borrow some pictures from you to frame it in my new office. Ganesh

Hola Joe, gracias por tus amables comentarios a mi hongo.
Tu toma encantadora, donde destacan una buena iluminación y enfoque.
Que tengas un buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-22 20:42]

Hello Joe

Wonderful clarity with super plumage detail.
The colours are vibrant and well saturated.
Great POV you really got close.
Excellent DOF.
Super capture.


Hello Joe,
Actually I thought this is flash at first sight.
Apparently not.
Sun generated a great image here. Actually you did:-).
Very good depth of field allowing the viewer to get both animals razor sharp.
Good moment through the communication between these animals...

Lovely photo, Joey! Super lighting, well defined, great catch light in the eyes and the action captured quite lovely... I, too, think it might be courtship rather than fight.

You've grown so much since joining the site.. well done, you !

TFS, Mish

Hello Joe. Lovely image. Wonderful composition. Excellent light. Well done. TFS. Regards,

Excellent catch.A couple nice,nice color,good clarity everything is beautiful.

great capture, TFS Ori

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