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A Mallard Family

A Mallard Family
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC LZ1
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 9:30
Viewed: 2889
Points: 28
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A Mallard Duck & two Ducklings

Breeding behaviour

Female Mallard landing.
Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. The clutch is 9–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledging. The ducklings are precocial, and can swim and feed themselves on insects as soon as they hatch, although they stay near the female for protection. Mallards also have rates of male-male sexual activity that are unusually high for birds. In some cases, as many as 19% of pairs in a mallard population are male-male homosexual (Bagemihl, 1999).
When they pair off with mating partners, often one or several drakes will end up "left out". This group will sometimes target an isolated female duck — chasing, pestering and pecking at her until she weakens (a phenomenon referred to by researchers as rape flight), at which point each male will take turns copulating with the female. Male mallards will also chase males in the same way to copulate with other males. (In one documented case a male Mallard copulated with another male he was chasing after it had been killed when it flew into a glass window

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-27 10:21]

Hi Hilary.
Your picture is very nice and colourful and very pleasant for look. Its colours are amazing, scene is great, POV and DOV are excellent. I think this is one of the sweetest picture of the ducks. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Hilary,
a nicc duck-dhot with cute ducklings. It's quite strange for me to that they still are so small, up here the ducklings are in size as the adults.
Well composed, nice colours and good details,
Well done.

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-27 12:52]

Bella la mamma con i piccoli, Hilary!
Molto graziosa questa foto, bei dettagli, brava!

Ciao e grazie.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-27 14:37]

Very sweet, mum is giving you a bit of a look there. Lovely details, colours and composition.

Great Shot.Wonderful details, colours and composition.Very well done.


Hi Hilary,
An excellent looking shot on this mother Mallard keeping her youngsters in line. Nice soft quality light and a good exposure have really made the colors and detail look great. Besides who can resist ANY baby animals. They look so cute you want to pick them up and cuddle them. Of cousure this wouls cause mom to inflict some pain on you!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-27 21:13]

Hello Hilary

Nice family portrait.They look like they are enjoying their afternoon.Well captured with excellent DOF and POV.TFS


Hi Hilary,
Nice captured on this Mallard duck family. Nice composition and pov. I like these two adorable ducklings. Well done and TFS.

Very nice photograph, Hilary. I'm a big fan of ducks in general, especially Mallards, so I find your photos quite interesting.

I love the composure here. Almost seems a bit like 'follow-the-leader'. Some striking colours and detail here too. I'm loving it. Nothing like a family portrait!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-08-31 4:56]

Hola Hilary,
Preciosa familia, composición bonita, colores y nitidez excelentes... saludos

Hi, Hilary.
Beautiful shot. Nice composition. Good colors.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-02 6:03]

Hola Hilary... bella imagen con la siempre efectiva presencia de pichones tan adorables.
Bellos y suaves colores, buen DOF y POV, con atinado encuadre y composición.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Hello Hilary... pretty image with the always effective presence of so adorable pigeons.
Beautiful and soft colors, good DOF and POV, with accurate framing and composition.
Good job.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-03 9:42]

Hi Hilary
Parent watching over the kids. Good shot. good colours, sharpnes and POV. The parent is have you under supervision.
Well done Hilary


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-07 14:37]

Brilliant composition and very nice lighting. Great focus on mummy duck and the little ducklings.
TFS, Ulla

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