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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 22:50
Viewed: 4648
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again TN friends!
It's nice to be here after four months again:)
This photo was taken last saturday at Ballikayalar Lake.
Thanks for lookin and Have a great week!

Ruddy Shelduck
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ruddy Shelduck

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Tadorna
Species: T. ferruginea
Binomial name
Tadorna ferruginea
(Pallas, 1764)
Casarca ferruginea
Anas ferruginea
Casarca rutila

The Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea, is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. In India it is known as the Brahminy Duck.

There are very small resident populations of this species in north west Africa and Ethiopia, but the main breeding area of this species is from south east Europe across central Asia to southeast China. These birds are mostly migratory, wintering in southern Asia.

Male & Female at Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.Although becoming quite rare in southeast Europe and southern Spain, the Ruddy Shelduck is still common across much of its Asian range. It may be this population which gives rise to vagrants as far west as Iceland and Great Britain. However, since the European population is declining, it is likely that most occurrences in western Europe in recent decades are escapes or feral birds. Although this bird is observed in the wild from time to time in eastern North America, no evidence of a genuine vagrant has been found.

This is a bird of open country, and it will breed on cliffs,in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days. The Ruddy Shelduck is usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks. However, moulting and wintering gatherings on chosen lakes or slow rivers can be very large.

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire, England.The Ruddy Shelduck is a distinctive species, 58–70 cm long with a 110–135 cm wingspan. It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck. The sexes of this striking species are similar, but the male has a black ring at the bottom of the neck in the breeding season summer, and the female often has a white face patch. The call are is a loud wild honking.

In captivity this species is generally aggressive and antisocial and is best housed in pairs unless in a very large area. Then it may mix with other species, although it will still be feisty at breeding time.

The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl", essentially the same as the English "shelduck".

In Tibet and Mongolia, Ruddy Shelduck is considered sacred by the Buddhists. It is also a sacred animal in Slavic mythology.[citation needed]

In Hindi and Urdu (India/Pakistan) it is called Surkhab.

The Ruddy Shelduck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Hello Omer,
nice to see a new picture from you; a superb portrait of Tadorna ferruginea taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and fantastic colours, a very pleasing composition with spectacular reflectinos.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-15 23:24]

Hello Omer,
This is a lovely and unusual Duck, I really like the POV showing his profile and sharp detail in his feathers. He has interesting feathers also. Lovely range of colours and good dof.Best regards Siggi

hello Omer and welcome again!
the scene-moment is splendid,very interesting crop composition, with very good lighting and exceptional output in details and colours!
keep photographing! TFS

Hallo Omer
It is good to have you back; I missed your presence around the site.

This is really a special image. The colours of the feathers are striking, the expression on the somewhat innocent face priceless and the dark black eye beautiful. The reflection in the water displays beautiful, especially the black shiny beak. I cannot make up my mind which I like the best, the actual bird or its reflection. I love the ripples in the water made by the swimming movement of the bird. In my personal opinion the water droplet falling down from its beak adds to give this photo an extra cheer. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Omer! Nice duck, nice scene, wonderful colours, good saturation, very good sharpness. Well done!

Hi Omer.
Yours picture is verry nice and this bird is lovely.
Great reflection in water.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-16 0:25]

Gunaydin Omer Bey,
Harika bir fotograf olmus, cok begendim. Tebrikler
Iyi haftalar dilerim

Dostum Angıt ile hoş bir yeni başlangıç yapmışsın TN'e:).
Su damlacığını estetik bir şekilde dondurmuşsun.
Üstüne üstük altta bir de ayna yansıma var. Mükemmel olmuş.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık. Umarım artık seni daha sık görürüz.
Dostluğundan ve eğlenceli yorumlarından bizi mahrum etme:).
Sevgi ve selamlarımla...


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-16 1:02]

Hello Omer,
Good to see you back. A wonderful photo of this Ruddy Shelduck in splendid clear colours and impressive sharpness. Great timing with the waterdrops in this position. Excellent composition and reflection.

Ömer bey nefis bir çekim. Renklerden su damlacığına ve sudaki yansımalara kadar herşey çok güzel olmuş.
Elinize sağlık.

Hello Omer,
the pictue is well exposed, the colours are amazing and so are the reflection.
Great sharpness with lots of details.
But I'm not sure about the composition, the duck look a bit cut,I prefer the whole duck or the head and neck as a portrait but that's of course personal.
Well done.


Hi Omer!

Nice to see you back! And the picture you present us is very nice. The reflection and the droplets at the duck's beak clearly add to the value of the picture. Moreover, your detailed notes are instructive and interesting to read.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-16 5:50]

Merhaba Ömer,
Welcome back to TN!
Nice to see you posting again, especially with such a fine close up of the Ruddy Shelduck taken with your large lens. The lighting and contrasting dark BG are great and the drop of water from the duck's bill is a nice feature in this excellent composition.
With thanks and best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-16 7:02]

Merhaba Omer,

A splendid macro. Exceptional conducted and presented. Details and extraordinary clarity.
Have a pleasant day,

Hoşgeldin Ömer,
Nefis aydınlanması ve harika yansımasıyla mükemmel bir "yeni başlangıç" yapmışsın, damlacık ikilisi de işin bonusu olmuş, kutlarım dostum.

hello Omer
Super sharpness picture with very good details of the duck
great reflection and beautiful colours
i like the drops
great shot
greeting lou

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-11-16 8:53]

Yansıması ve damlalarıyla harika bir kompozisyon, tebrikler Ömer bey.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-16 10:25]

Hello Omer,
A great capture of the beautiful Ruddy Shelduck! I love your timing and the fine sharp details and reflections in the water. Beautiful natural colours too and nicely framed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Omer, splendid portrait of lovely bird, fascinating reflection, wonderful colors and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-16 10:42]

Hi Omer.
I like to watch your new shot. First of all I am amazed a lot with applied lens. It is true monster and it works amazingly. Shot is really great as well as selected subject. Superb timing and charming captured moment. Sharpness and warm colours of the bird are awesome and beautifulness of the water surface is also stunning. My congratulation and TFS. Thanks a lot for next masterpiece from you, my friend.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-16 11:11]

Hi Omer. What beautiful rich colours you have captured in this Ruddy Shelduck duck. You have been able to take it with fine detail and sharp focusing and fine detail. The refelection and water droplet is first class.

Merhaba Omer,
nice to see you are back - and with such a wonderful shot.
You know I'm a drop-lover - and this drop is excellent. The duck also, of course, such warm colours, very well done my friend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-16 12:03]

Merhaba Ömer Bey. Hoşgeldiniz. Nefis karelerinizi özlemiştik.
Yine harika bir çekim. Su damlaçığı super olmuş. Elinize sağlık.

Hello Omer
great to see you again on TN !
wonderful shot of this Ruddy Shelduck, his colors are so beautiful in the sunshine, and his pumage is superbly detailed
i like the water droplet on his beak and the perfect reflection in the water
Have a good night

Omer bey hosgeldiniz... guzel karelerinizi ozlemistik.. elinize saglik pek guzel olmus...

Ömerr bey gözlerimiz yollarda kalmdı. Her zaman gözlerimiz güzel karelerinizi ve eğlenceli yorumlarızı aradı. Çok hoş bir kare olmuş ama özellikle yansıma ve sum damlacığı enfes duruyor.
Emeğinize sağlık.

Selam Ömer bey. Hoşgeldiniz. Harika bir çekim yapmışsınız yine.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Hello Omer,

what a nice image from this duck with good pov and detail.
Fine warm colours.


hello Omer

WOW ! what a beautiful portrait photo of the Ruddy Shelduck
shot with fine POV and framing, what a lovely warm luminosity
and colour tones, and also clarity of the photo, superb focus
great sharpness and details, beautiful reflection, welcome back on TN,



Merhaba Omer,

This is a great capture with such beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Very well composed with great skill. Well done & TFS.

Best Salam!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-17 2:22]

Merhaba Omer,
excellent view of this duck. i like its special colours. the reflection is splendid and its watering bill is so excellent.
well presented shot with astonishing effect.
well done.


beautiful artistic pic, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-17 5:06]

Hi Omer,welcome back first,and thanks a lot to show us this fantastic beauty.The drops from the mouth and the wonderfuls reflections are the decisive ingredients of this imressive composition,very professional work.I hope to don't wait a lot to see another pic whit your signature.heheh..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Dear Omer,
What a pleasure to receive your comment on my recent picture, especially when I'm mo more all that active on TN. Thanks!
Needless to say, I'm thrilled to see your amazing work after such a long time.
You are not a mere nature photographer; you are a nature artist. What a highly artistic image, not to overlook its technical excellence.
Thanks for sharing this delightful picture and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-17 6:32]

Hello Omer,
Very nice to see a picture from you again! And a very striking one. What lovely colors and a fine light you caught in this picture. And the subject, really well seen. Very fine little waterdrop, even seen in the reflection. Most beautiful and original composition.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-17 8:44]

Hi Omer

Oh mother…this is very, very special.

This gorgeous Ruddy Shelduck was "made" especially for this shot.
This is its crowning moment. There is just so much that really make
this an extraordinary shot. The contrasting red against the dark BG of
the water, the mirror like surface, the perfect reflection of the bird, the
well timed moment to catch the dripping water from the duck's bill, the
ripples created around the swimming duck, the little catchlight in its eye,
the perfectly managed lighting, and so I can carry on and on and on.
Wow, I just love it.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-11-17 12:26]

Merhaba Dostum!
Nihayet seni tekrar görebildik. Bu güzel kareleri görmemek gerçekten büyük kayıptı bizim için. Ellerine sağlık dostum. Bol selam.


Sharp details, sharp reflection Omer.
Great timing on that drip too :)
I agree with Gert, but still very nice work as it is..
Well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-18 2:54]

Ömer bey selamlar,
Başarılı bir kadraj ...
Renk ve detaylar harika gözüküyor.Ayna yansıma ve ördeğin gagasından damlalar ayrı bir güzellik.
Emeğinize sağlık,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-18 5:18]

This is beautiful, Omer, and I really like the composition with the duck entering the frame. Beautiful colours, light, the sharpness is top, the reflection is beautiful... everything concurs to a great shot. Thank you!


Ömer bey günaydın. Karelerinizi yeniden görmek ne güzel. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar.

Ömer Bey, yeni döndüğünüz şimdi bu kareyle farkettim. Muhteşem yansımalar olmuş.
Elinize sağlık.,

Omer bey demek meshur angut bu:) simdi o sozu neden soyluyorlar anlamadim. Bu kadar guzel madem herkese angut demek onur verici olur:). Elinize saglik gercekten harika zamanlama olmus.

merhaba Ömer Bey
hemen her gün bakıyorum, sizden yeni bir fotoğraf var mı diye. arada bir boş bıraktıklarım oluyor ki mesaj yazmak için bahanesi oluyor.
bu güzel yakın çekim için kutlarım. renkler, detaylar, pozlama müthiş güzel. yansıması bile çok net. gagadan damlayan sular daha da bir güzelleştirmiş kareyi. elinize sağlık.
iyi geceler, selamlar.

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