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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/340 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 20:01
Viewed: 3788
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A cute duck for Jeff ... Happy Birthday, Jeff.

Mandarin Duck on the pond close to my house.

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan.

Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.

A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two mandarin ducks playing in water" . The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Hello Mario,

This is an amazing shot, the colours and tonal range is absolutly wonderful. TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-14 7:18]

Hello Mario
Beautiful image ,good POV and razor sharp image.Oustanding colors and plumage detail.
TFS Michel

Great color!!!

Hi Mario,

What amazing detail and colour, it really looks like a oil painting, just beautiful. Excellent reflection, just outstanding, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-16 0:23]

hi Mario,
stunning shot of this stunning Mandarin duck. great work!

Hello Mario,
Very good portrait of this Wood Duck...I mean Mandarin:-)
Quite difficult to photograph this duck technically. A good photo!

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