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duck in the snow

duck in the snow
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: 2006-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-03 18:16
Viewed: 3150
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) is a medium-sized dabbling duck.
The adult male has a yellow bill, a dark body, lighter head and neck, orange legs and dark eyes. The adult female has a similar appearance. Both sexes have a shiny purple-blue wing patch, which is not bordered with white as with the Mallard.
Their breeding habitat is lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes and other aquatic environments in eastern Canada including the Great Lakes, and the Adirondacks in the US. Black ducks interbreed regularly and extensively with Mallard ducks, to which they are closely related; some authorities consider that Black Duck is no more than a dark-plumaged race of Mallard, not a separate species at all. The behaviour and voice are the same as for Mallard.

stevkds, horia, JoseMiguel, Silvio2006, wuta, SelenE, lgfoto, Finland_in_Eton, livios, jeanpaul has marked this note useful
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  • stevkds Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 275 W: 11 N: 411] (1811)
  • [2007-02-03 18:21]
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Hi Mircea.
Very pretty shot. Excellent composition. Very good tones and crop, excellent patient to wait for him. Tfs. Stev

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-02-03 18:26]

Bonjour Mircea,
What a great timing, Colors, details and composition are just great. TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-03 18:30]

Salut Mircea

Foarte misto si "captura" asta!
Imi place foarte mult pozitia aripilor ratei aici...parca ar fugi sa imratiseze pe cineva :))
Detaliile sunt excelente si culorile foarte frumoase.

Bravo si TFS

Hi Mircea!
Z n a k o m i t a fotka pelna dynamiki. Ostra, dobre kolory.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-03 20:51]

I thought these things were supposed to fly south for the winter...;-) Great capture! Action is excellent! Thanks!

Good timing on this shot Mircea.

Hi Mircea,
Beautiful capture!
I like so much the action got in this picture, you had a great timing.
Great the low light and the rich colors got with it.
The white of the snow makes a very good contrast with the duck's colors.
Congratulations and thanks for share with us,

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-02-03 23:21]

very good action capture, the snow spray is nice.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-04 0:49]

An interesting action shot, Mircea.: )
Snow is not what I normally see ducks in, since I live in California.
Great timing. I like the spray.
Fantastic POV of the duck landing.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-04 3:17]

Hi Mircea

Well captured action,I like it a lot,well exposed ,a pleasure to see this kind of shots,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-04 3:37]

Hi Mircea,
Excellent action shot of a young Mallard male breaking in the snow.
This is sharp and well composed, but please note that this is not an American Black Duck, as your shot not only shows the white bordering of the blue wing patch, it also shows the new bluish green feathers starting to sproud on the head of this young male Mallard.
Regards, Ivan

Hi Mircea, wonderful bird with splendid pose, great light and colors, good focus and sharpness, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-04 7:18]

Hello Mircea , Great shot from the Duck , great compositie colours light details sharpnes and pov ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-04 8:58]

Hi Mircea,
I liked your timing and the composition a lot. Nice details and exposure. TFS

Very good timing Mircea! I like the crisp feeling of the snow and composition.TFS

Hello Micea,

well capture on this action shot perfect detail svery crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent Job

TFS Kyle

Great shot that we usually don't see, a duck in the snow.. a duck taking off in the snow. Actually, he looks like he is conducting an orchestra.

Perfect timing .. excellent POV. Like the way the foot and the wing add a bit of bright color.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-04 15:43]

Mircea, composition is really great, as well as exposure - perfect control upon the white areas.

I like the action a lot.

A great and colorful image. Congratulations.

Salut Mircea
Belle composition, couleur, et j'aime le les éclats de neige devant lui .Ce canard est -il apres atterrir ou s'envoler?
Bon travail et merci...JP
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