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White headed duck

White headed duck
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Copyright: Seyed Babak Musavi (babak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-31 11:17
Viewed: 5827
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Iran is known to hold internationally important wintering and breeding populations of White-headed Ducks . A small population of White-headed Duck migrate to four wetlands in Eastern Azarbijan, northwest Iran (Gorigol, Zoolbin, Bezojegh, Yanigh) to breed. I have taken this shot of a female of this bird in Gorigol .
Identification 43-48 cm. Chestnut-brown diving duck with long tail, often cocked vertically. Male has white head, black cap and blue bill, swollen at base. Female has pale face with dark cap and cheek-stripe and blackish, less swollen bill. Similar spp. Ruddy Duck O. jamaicensis is smaller with brighter chestnut plumage. Male has more extensive black cap and dark hindneck and female has narrower facial band and browner cap. Both sexes lack swollen base to bill. Hybrid identification can be very problematic. Voice Low rattling noise uttered during display. Otherwise generally silent.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-31 11:28]

Hello Seyed,
This is an excellent capture of a female/juv White-headed Duck. I can't fault it but best of all is the lighting.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

amazing pic of this rare bird, TFS Ori

Hello Seyed.

Excellent Picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.


Hey what a beautifull shot the detail and POV is very nice good light have a happy new yr rgds Necip.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-12-31 13:40]

Hi Seyed,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. Excellent lighting and nice to see wildlife from your country.
Happy New Year.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-31 13:47]

Hi Seyed.
Excellent capture.Composition,POV and details are great.I like golden colour water and reflexion.Beautiful light too.Great work.TFS
Best wishes and very much successful next year 2007.
Best regards Milos

Nice sharp photo nice compo Like the color of water The background is something to look at what a lot of people miss
the long lens compresses the water giving this nice gold color


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-31 19:38]

Happy New Year to you, Seyed.
Great shot. The details are very sharp, and the light is beautiful.
Nice reflection, and lovely colors and patterns in the water.
Good catchlight in the eye.
TFS. : )

Hi Seyed

Love this shot. Perfect details, well composed against. Awesome water colour. Looks like liquid gold! BG. :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-01 9:06]

Excellent,tout est parfaits.
Merci Seyed et bonne année!

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