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Dancing Mallard


Dancing Mallard
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 60D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-02 18:19
Viewed: 1433
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Generally the male Mallard looks colorful with iridescent-green head and bright yellow bill. Females on the other, are duller with mottled brown and orange-and-brown bills. Hence male Mallards are the photographer’s delight.

In Stanley Park, Vancouver, I found this female Mallard watching me and then it started scratching its body lifting its wings and legs. The blue patch inside the wing became visible and it looked as if the bird was dancing for me.

According to http://www.hww.ca/en/wildlife/birds/mallard.html

The Mallard is an excellent mother, however. She will stop at frequent intervals to collect and brood, or warm, her young. If surprised by an intruder, she is likely to go flapping and squawking across the ground, as if injured. This feigned injury may not fool a human, but undoubtedly lures predators away.

Once on the water, the female leads her brood to feeding areas. The young find their own food, which at first probably consists of small crustaceans, or hard-shelled creatures, such as water fleas, insects, and tiny plants like duckweed.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-02 19:01]

Hello Bala,
What an unusual pose for your little lady to display. Looks like a male dog about to mark its territory:)
Very sharp focus showing excellent detail and well saturated colors. Exposure may be just a tiny bit on the dark side, but I still like it. I really like the way we can easily see the gorgeous markings in its plumage. Well done!!
Ron

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-03 5:37]

Hello Bala,
A photo in beautiful warm colors and a mallard in an attractive pose.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Bala,
In India Mallard is common and people keep Mallard mainly due to its Egg. Quite well captured this Yoga pose! POV could have been better in my humble opinion and in such way you could illuminate shadow details well.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards,
Srikumar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6450 W: 89 N: 15596] (65250)
  • [2016-11-03 12:30]

Hi Bala,one of the most original and different pic of a mallard,very common but very nice to watch in this curious pose,fantastic quality of sharpness and colors. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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