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Mr. Wood Duck portrait

Mr. Wood Duck portrait
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 11:20
Viewed: 4472
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa is a medium-sized perching duck. An typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.

The adult male has distinctive multi-coloured iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Their personality is however somewhat shy and skittish.

Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behavior known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.(wikipedia.com)

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-01 11:37]

great focus good DOF water drop on beak is nice. eye is really impressive

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-01 12:15]

Hola Mircea.- Me gusta mucho esta bella foto, hermosos colores y grandes detalles. Exelente iluminacion y colorido. Luis52.

Nice detail on this beautiful duck.

super colouring on this duck and a very clear shot and excelent dof, would love to see the rest of the bird.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-05-01 16:02]

nice colorful portrait of the pretty wood duck male, mircea! :-)
good sharpness, nice colors and details, and even a drop of water on the beak.
great job & take care, thorsten.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-05-02 20:26]

Mircea, great subject, great colors, great details, great BG, TFS

Salut Mircea!
Reusita captura. Culorile si detaliile sunt foarte frumoase, iar documentatia interesanta.

Colores preciosos, buen DOF. Una foto muy bonita

hi mirceax
great focus good DOF water drop on beak is nice.
great job & take care, Reza.

amazing portrait, TFS Ori

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