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Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck
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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: 2010-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-13 12:43
Viewed: 3023
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday, at Calgary's Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, I saw a pair of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa). I had seen them before at that location, but they were quite far away -- in some trees, where they like to nest. They were so close yesterday that I was able to get a few good shots of them. When I saw them initially, they were swimming on a small pond. Then, they went up on the bank. The photo I have chosen to present shows the male Wood Duck. He was posing in just the right light to show off all of his colours, and that fantastic crest! He is hands down the most colourful duck in the sanctuary. In fact, the Birds of Alberta Field Guide declares "The male Wood Duck is one of the most colourful water birds in North America."

My iBird Explorer application states that "The Wood Duck was hunted nearly to extinction during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Management procedures have been successful and there are now well over a million Wood Ducks in North America." The Birdipedia section of iBird Explorer states that another name for the Wood Duck is the Carolina Duck. It is about three-quarters as large as a Mallard. The Wood Duck shares its Aix genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck. Birdipedia says that Wood Ducks "feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat berries and seeds, but also insects."

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To Art_R: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-14 14:42
To Adanac: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-14 14:29
To lousat: Wood Duckubc64 1 05-14 14:23
To vanni2009: Wood Duckubc64 1 05-14 14:18
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great portrait, TFS Ori

Hello John,
Congratulations for the beautiful photo, good sharpness, contrast and beautiful colors
Very well the POV
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-13 16:04]
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Hi John,these colors and this sharpness no need comments,this is a best way to take a duck pic..at the top of quality!! My greats compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-13 18:06]
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Hi John,
Ahhhh that I want, as of yet I haven't seen a wood duck. This capture is superb my friend, amazing colours and details in his plumage are brought out exquisitely.
Great work John.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-05-13 18:07]

Hola John: Una gran toma de esta bella especie...saludos.

Hi John,this is a fine looking drake and handsome fellow.This duck and the Mandarins sure rank high as the most colourful birds that there are.The details are many and varied in this image with good focus and it just lacks a little richness in the saturation and stronger shadows to make it pop out,still I like this seldom seen species here in Alberta.Have you seen the females with their neat looking "Cleopatra" eyes,they are also very nice to see and cannot be mistaken for any other just like the males.A nice photo to grace TN with,thanks for giving us the chance to see him.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-05-14 5:12]
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Hi John , another fine capture of a seldom seen here bird , I have never seen one myself other than in photos , but have heard of them being seen in the Calgary bird sanctuary , bit of a long walk for me though ;-) ...

it is a good photo with fair detail , nice color and composition , I love the colors of this bird , especially that red eye.

I sometimes find myself curious as to what lens you are shooting with?


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-05-16 9:39]

A great capture of this male wood duck, John!
One of my favorite birds!
An excellent POV that shows off all the beautiful colors and markings.
The light colored rocks make a nice BG to show off the subject.
TFS. : )

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