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Tadorna ferruginea Trio

Tadorna ferruginea Trio
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 0:20
Viewed: 5145
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ruddy Shelduck
Tadorna ferruginea

The Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae.

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.

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 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.
(from wikipedia)

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Nice compo, Selen.
And nice shot, too!

Hi Selen
Great trio ;_) Good sharpness, simple bur very nice composition and great sky as a background. I like also black belt (frame) at the bottom
Beest wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-11 0:32]

Hi Selen

You have captured these Ruddy Shelducks perfectly - the grouping is excellent and the colours/exposure - spot-on.

As you say, they winter in S Asia - I have seen them in Nepal and India - but then in Xinxiang (China), Tibet and Mongolia in summer - so they migrate over the Himmalayas!


Hi Selen;
An excellent trio shot of these Ruddy Shelducks, loverly colours and very good detail, well framed, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-11 1:42]

Hello Selen,
Very nice in-flight capture of three Ruddy Shellducks against a blue sky. The sharpness and light management, as well as the POV are superb.
Thanks for sharing this well composed image,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-11 1:55]

Hi Selen

A gorgeous trio! 3 beautiful shelducks in 3 similar but still slightly different poses! A terrific in-flight!
I really like the exposure you managed to get here and the amount of details and light especially in the under-part of the ducks.
Very sharp and very nice.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Selen

Good in-flight shot of these three shelduck. Well composed and good exposure produced some fine details.


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-11 3:34]

Hi Selen,

Great in flight shot. Nice composition and sharp shot.
Well done.


Hola Selen,
Bonita imagen de estes pájaros en formación que nos presentas con una bella y agradable composición, además de gran definición con luz y fondo magníficos. Saludos
José Ramón

Nice work, Selen, capturing this trio in flight. The colors, perspective, and composition are all done well, adding interest to the image. A most informative note, as well.


Hello Selen,
Ahhh, it is a fine in-flight capture of this happy trio!
The simplicity of the image is appealing, and the blue sky as always is a fine background...
The birds are well eexposed, good details!
Pablo -

Hi Selen,
Great exposure, POV, DOF, and color, this threesome composition can't be beat :)
Very nice,

A perfect triple in-flight capture Selen, and all nicely frozen and finely in focus against that bright blue sky. Well done indeed my friend.

Merhaba Selen, Selam!!
beautifully captured of the Shelduck in a beautiful flying pattern!
good clarity, colour and details on the flight
well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-11 9:07]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful in-flight shot of these trio in a fabulous synchronised flying action. Nice colours and details. The blue sky looks majestic and acts as a fine BG. Excellent POV and very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Sitedeki diger angıt fotograflarına ilave 3'lü uçuşları pek güzel olmuş.
yinede benim favori angıt fotografım senin alttaki linkinde olanlar ellerine saglık Selen .


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-11 9:20]

Merhaba Selen hanım, renkleri ve netliğiyle çok güzel bir kompozisyon.Elinize sağlık.

Merhaba Selen another beautifull group shot well positioned and composed. Sharp and well exposed. tfs Selamlar Necip.

Tadornanın diğer türü için ikiden fazla görmedim demiştiniz Selen hanım, ama T. ferruginea daha çok seviyor olmalı sizi. eski çekimlerinizi de hatırlıyorum; en güzel pozlarını veriyorlar. çok güzel bir kompozisyon. bugünlerdeki trio alışkınlığınızı yine bozmamışsınız:) elinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-11 16:16]

Hi Selen,

Lovely composition, I really like the position of these 3 ducks in the frame, it's very well balanced. You've managed to get them all in focus with beautiful colours also. Very well done this inflight shot!.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-11 18:59]

Hello Selen

A very lovely shot with an almost poster graphic like appearance.
The lighting and colours are beautiful.
The birds are well placed in the frame and create a well balanced and interesting composition.


Hi Selen

This is a superb capture for the light and composition! POV is also noteworthy and I like the way the beady eyes stand out.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-12 3:57]
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Excellent in-flight shot of these Flying Ruddy Shelduck!
I like the diagonal compositon.
Great clarity and sharpness.
Superb exposure and lighting.
Nice colours.
I like the poses.
Well done Selen,

bonjour selen
rien a dire,les trois oiseaux sont dans le champ,relativement nets et joliement colorés.
juste bravo.

Hi Selen,
What a wonderful photo of this very beautiful species of duck. The way you captured them against the clear blue sky brought out there contours and colors perfectly. It is funny to see that the bottom of the face of the one on the right is more brown compared to the others. Do you think this might have to do with age?
I do see a very slight color noise in the body parts of each bird.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-12 15:18]

Hi Selen,
nice in-flight capture of these three colourful Ducks,
all are in great pose, light and colors are very good,

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2008-02-12 23:16]

Deliziosa composizione Selen!

Ottima composizione e bei colori.

Ciao e grazie.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-16 8:57]

Another great shot Selen, very nice composition with a great exposure and lots of sharp details. Well done, thanks!


I sure like this capture Selen. 3 birds with such good focus. Nice work getting the wings stopped. TFS.
Best to you.

Geniales detalles y hermosos colores en contraste con el cielo.
Buenos tonos y nota.
Saludos, Jl.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-02-17 23:29]

Hi Selen,
How could I miss this image , the unusual sight of Tadorna in flight, caught to perfection. Even the composition is exceptional. You seem to have a season ticket to Mogan lake!
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-21 9:21]

Hi Selen.
I have missed this nice un-flight picture. This charming trio have created a very cute composition. Their similar poses, impressive wingspread with excellent details and true nature colours are so pleased for look. Compliments and kind regards.

Very sharp, nice in-flight captur

Selen merhaba , güzel olmuş , kol uçuşundaki F-16 lar gibi çıkmışlar :)

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