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The non comformist

The non comformist
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Attitude, !Bunches, !Fine Feathered Friends, Family Matters 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-26 3:37
Viewed: 6314
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The non conformist
Picture taken at Park Lafontaine, Montreal, Quebec

Camera: Canon PoweShot S1IS
Time of exposition: 1/250 second
Point-F: F/4,5

Mallard Duck
Scientific Name: Anas platyrhynchos
Family: Anatidés
Weight: 850 to 1400 grams
Scale: 92 cm
Maximum age: 29 years
Rate of survival: 52 %

Informations taken on the following site: http://www.oiseau-libre.net/Oiseaux/Especes/CanardColvert.html

The male and the female have a different plumage. The males are coloured much. In bridal plumage, the male is characterized by the head and the green neck shining, the white collar, the brown chest, the gray lower part beads and the yellow nozzle. The remainder of the plumage is gray-brown, with black under the tail. As for much duck d'espèces, the plumage of the female mallard is d'un brown moucheté rather dull, which allows him d'être far from conspicuous on the nest lorsqu'elle broods and d'éviter to fall between the claws from certain predatory like the fox. The females have also a crown more sunk and dark features through the eyes, a pale yellow nozzle and a blue or purple wing mirror, bordered of black and white as in the male (speculum). After having accompanied the female with the nest, the male revêt a plumage "d'éclipse", having mottled like that of the duck. The ducks lose their rémiges quickly and cannot fly during several weeks. Like the majority of ducks, its period of moult is in winter. Easily confused with the ducks chipeau and pintail, the duck mallard differs from it by its thicker nozzle and its blue wing mirror.

Period of nesting: March at August
Numbers incubations: One
Eggs Number: 8 to 12 eggs green grey
Incubation: 27 to 28 days (female)
Nest: more often on the ground, composed of sheets and d'herbes, built in the thick vegetation, but sometimes in a hole of tree or a nesting box. Type of nesting box: crate or a large basket with cat in the known sites of nesting. Otherwise, a simple depression in the ground, broadside of some small logs and sheltered under branches d'épicéa. The best site is probably a raft or a small island, where they are out of the range of the foxes and the rats. The nesting boxes forsaken by ducks are sometimes "squattés" by the Hens d'eau.
(Traduction Babel Fish)

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To loot: Calling cardloot 1 03-10 09:46
To petertee: ThanksLuc 1 09-30 04:39
To ephemere: merciLuc 2 09-30 04:32
To extramundi: merciLuc 1 09-26 22:23
To Robbrown: I changed the titleLuc 4 09-26 16:00
To marhowie: may beLuc 1 09-26 13:10
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Intresting picture Luc, I think I prefer the french title you give it.
it has a few over bright reflections because the light reading is taken from a dark area. it might of been possible to use spot meter mode to read a bright area and use the flash to fill in the shadows.

Image Luc d'Intresting, je pense que je préfère le titre
français que vous le donnez. il a quelques uns des réflexions
lumineuses d'excédent parce que la lecture légère est prise d'un
secteur foncé. il pourrait de l'été possible d'employer le mode de
mètre de tache pour lire un secteur lumineux et pour employer le
flash pour compléter les ombres.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-26 4:59]
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It's very difficult these make, Luc, you focus on the mother and maybe little dark, but it's one great shot Luc, my compliments.

Luc, Great moment captured. Now if you could've just got all the little ducklings to turn their heads right at the same time!! ;-)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-26 10:22]

Adorable escena... tal vez la calidad de la imagen no es óptima, pero su composicion y su dulzura, bien valen su presentacion.

Adorable scene... perhaps the quality of the image is not optimal, but their composition and its mellowness, are worth their presentation well.

Luc, Very cute composition you posted. I think you did well given the light and little ducks bobbing up and down to get this photo. Nice one. Thanx for sharing.

With this composition, the sharpness is good enought for been a good photo. I like the title very much. Thanks.

A Mallard's Dozen! Was this 'Cheeky Chappie' actually male I wonder? ;o) And only six likely to survive - would curiosity kill this 'cat'? :(
A charming picture if capable of showing slight imperfections - its composition and content are more than sufficient for me to say 'Thanks for sharing'.
PS I don't see the 'wing-mirrors' Babelfish has decided exist! ;o)

trop beaux ces petits amours de canetons...
très belle photo prise sous un faible rayon de soleil qui nous laisse des ombres d'un plus bel effet...merci pour ce partage rempli de tendresse...un grand bravo...amicalement BI

Aaa! This is so cute! How you got them all in one bunch to take the photo is beyond me  And at least one of them are looking at the camera. Very will done on this shot!

Great. You are real profi. The family theme is very close to me. Shot is perfect. Description is also profesional. Well done.

That's cute, nice shot

You have gotten good reviews, and no wonder. The photo is well done and how could you have a better choice of subject.

The humor in your titles makes your compositions shine. Difficult lighting in such as vast reflective surface, but you have managed to bring out the detail in the duck and ducklings - especially that non-conformist. Well done.

Really great shot Luc. I think that the composition, humour and the uniquenesss (if that's a word) more than make up for any exposure issues.

Well spotted! Beautiful detail right through the depth of the photo. I think I see some chromatic aberrations in some areas, though.

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  • ys2 (155)
  • [2006-05-28 16:16]

Sweety shot, completely beatiful gallery, congratulations..

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-10 9:45]
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Hi young man.

I chose this photo specially to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY and to give you a message. I hope you have enjoyed your birthday which was actually yesterday the 09th of March and may there still be many more.

The message however has something to do with the little non conformer in your photo (chuckle). When do we have the privilege to see one of your stray postings again? The last one was on 19 December 2006 so it is high time you come and say hello again. It sure would be good to see something new from you and just to hear how things are going.

Take care my friend and keep well.

What a priceless shot Luc! I think that lil one doesn't quite trust you to do the right thing! But there is only one duckling that is totally ignoring you... ;) I suppose THAT ONE is the real non-conformist, n'est pas?
Merci. Jay

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