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Pretty as a Picture

Pretty as a Picture
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-26 15:07
Viewed: 3028
Points: 20
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I took this photo of a female Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) yesterday, at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary, Alberta. She was sitting there, pretty as a picture, on a small rock. Her better half was in the water about 10 feet away. She may not have the flashy markings that he has, but she's still quite a beautiful duck in her own right. I was reading in my iBird Explorer application that female Common Goldeneyes typically return to the place where they hatched year after year. They apparently like to nest in tree cavities, like Wood Ducks. The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has many nest boxes on trees, which are no doubt attractive to both species.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-26 15:37]
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Hello John,
excellent macro of this beautiful small duck.
Beautiful colors with an excellent player.
Have a beautiful evening,


I really enjoy the composition , and also the colours, reflection, etc...

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-04-26 23:55]

Hello friend,
Beautiful scene
composition and pov attractive

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-27 1:15]

Hi John,
nice perch and lively eye. i like the colours in its best beauty. The reflection is stunningly composed.
You have given a lovely view with the clouds and blue sky in the water.
nice presentation.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2010-04-27 2:06]

Nice image of this little female Common Golden-eye, John. That golden eye certainly stands out.
She looks quaint on the rock.

Hallo John
I agree this is a pretty sight and very relaxing to look at too. Just love the way the water forms a frame around the Goldeneye where she is sitting on a rock, the reflection in the water and the clear visibility of that almost magnetic eye. If you look at the image quickly, it actually looks as if the bird is sitting in the air. The water gives a lovely final completion of this great image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-27 5:11]

Hello John,
What a fine and poetical bird-picture. It looks like this Common Goldeneye is already in heaven! Pleasing composition and fine colors.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-28 8:52]

Hello John,
Fantastic photo of this Goldeneye. The colours are gorgeous. Very good sharpness and a fantatsic composition with a lot of space around the duck. This one I didn't have in my collection.

Great shot dear, perfect Focus and perfect lighting ,
over all Awesome shot.

Farooq Abbasi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-21 18:02]

Hi John,
This is super, the reflection, the colours, the composition and the focus are all extremely good, thanks for sharing John.

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