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Anas platyrhynchos - Yesilbas

Anas platyrhynchos - Yesilbas
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-29 16:34
Viewed: 6247
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anas platyrhynchos - Yesilbaş [TR], Mallard [EN] (ANSERIFORMES: ANATIDAE) is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks. It is the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
A. platyrhynchos is 56–65 cm long, has a wingspan of 81–98 cm. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a bright green head, black rear end and a yellowish orange bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark brown bill in females). The female is light brown, like most female dabbling ducks. However, both the female and male Mallards have distinct purple speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest (though temporarily shedded during the annual summer molt). In eclipse (non-breeding) plumage the drake becomes drab, looking more like the female, but still distinguishable by its yellow bill and reddish breast (summarized from Wikipedia).
This duck is one of eight species of the genus Anas in Turkiye. These species and some photographes posted by me as fallow:

...- Anas penelope - Fiyu [TR], Wigeon [EN],
...- Anas falcata - Büyük Çamurcun [TR], Falcated Teal [EN],
...- Anas strepera - Boz Ördek [TR], Gadwall [EN],
...- Anas crecca - Çamurcun [TR], Teal [EN],
...- Anas platyrhynchos - Yeşilbaş [TR], Mallard [EN],
...- Anas acuta - Kılkuyruk [TR], Pintail [EN] (WS1, WS2),
...- Anas querquedula - Çıkrıkçın [TR], Garganey [EN],
...- Anas clypeata - Kaşıkgaga [TR], Shoveler [EN].

The shot was taken Ayvalık Saltpan near Ayvalık District by camera on hands. Many waterbirds, mainly Phoenicopterus roseus [Filamingo, Flaman] and Mallards found in there.
Thanks for visiting.

Miss_Piggy, nasokoun, Hormon_Manyer, horias, matatur, KOMSIS, goatman04, Alex99, eng55, fyapici, elif has marked this note useful
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-29 21:33]

Hello Ahmet
Nice capture of these ducks in flight. Well done

Hallo Ahmet
Thanks for sharing this lovely in flight shot of a group of 5 mallards. I found looking at each one of them individually very interesting as each one is different to the other. At the top row from left to right no 1's opened beak caught my eye; the one in the middle shows detail of both its upper and under wing and is also the one that is flying the straightest. No 3 is looking downwards and this motion tickled my fancy. The mallard in the middle of the frame seems to be the one which is the most focused on the flight, as the one at the bottom shows beautiful detail of the lovely colours on the feathers. My favourite would be the one in the middle, as he has a proud posture which is well seen in this frozen moment in the air. You have captured all 5 of them beautifully. Best regards.

hello Ahmet,
a very beautiful flock, you found itself in good POV and photographed a very good in flight scene, fine winter lighting colors and sharpness!
keep photographing! TFS

Merhaba Ahmet bey,
Beautiful action shot with flying ducks. Excellent sharpness on them and nicely blurred background. Great focus and POV, and a very pleasing image generally. Tfs.
Best regards from Hungary, László

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-30 0:56]

Hello Ahmet
Wonderful "quintet" on Anas platyrhynchos !
Great details and colors.
Great shot1

Selam dostum
şu yeşilbaşları havada yakından birtürlü çekmek nasip olmadı bana..
sen harika yakalamışsın..renkler netlik süper
eline sağlık..selamlar..

Selamlar sayın hocam,
dişi ve erkeklerden oluşan hoş bir kare olmuş,
elinize sağlık.

Hi Ahmet.
Great capture with this birds in flight.
Perfect clarity of yours photo.Congratulations.
Friendly greetings.Alin.

A good flock in formation Ahmet, captured quite expertly while in-flight from a good vantage point.
Cheers MF.

Ciao Ahmet, splendid group of flying malards, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, perfect focus and great details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-30 7:56]

Ahmet bey selamlar,
Yeşilbaşlardan güzel bir filo ...
Zamanlama,senkronizasyon ve detaylar çok şık.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Salam Akhi Ahmet,

This an excellent in-flight capture of these Mallard ducks with beautiful colors, details & timing. Very nice POV & setting. Well taken, composed & presented.

Shukran katheeran wa ahsann salam!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-30 9:49]

Hi Ahmet.
Once more wonderful and clear shot. Once more superb details of the flying ducks and creamy bokeh. I am impressed with timing, framing of the scene and lovely natural colours. My compliments and all the best to you.

Dear Ahmet
Congratulations on an excellent composition and photo clarity. Excellent photo.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-30 14:15]

İyi geceler Ahmet Hocam,
Ladies first deyişini çok güzel anlatan bir kare:)3boyutlu gibi olmuş.Netlik,pozlama,detaylar,herşey yerli yerinde.Güzel bir hafta sonu geçirmeniz dileğimle,
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık.."

Merhaba Ahmet,

Ah ah ah ben bu güzelleri nasıl kaçırmışım gözden! Ne kadar güzel görünüyorlar! Tevekkeli onca türküye konu olmuşlar. Nefis bir çekim. Ellerine sağlık.

Selam ve sevgiler.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2010-02-02 11:05]
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Sayın Hocam,
Detayla, renkleri, herşeyiyle çok güzel bir türün enfes bir karesi..
Elinize, emeğinize sağlık..
Sela ve saygılarımla...

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