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Cairina Moschata 1

Cairina Moschata 1
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F828, Carl Zeiss T* 28-200, Kenko Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS OF AMERICA, 50-60 points (chapter 5), 40-49 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-07 3:25
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Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Cairina Moschata

Kindom : Animalia
Philo : Chordata
Class : Birds
Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Scientific Name : Cairina Moschata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Comun Name : Muscovy Duck

Diagnostic description: The male measures 86 cm. and it weighs 3 kgs., and the female measures 64 cm. and you/he/she weighs 1.3 kgs. It is very big and of robust body and wide wings.
The adult is black for under and for above black with a strong shine or metallic green luster. The covers superior eaves and inferior are white and conspicuous. The males besides being much bigger, present a prominent crest and the wide part of the face is black and naked, with red caruncles. The pick is crossed of black and whitish and the paws are black.
The immature specímens is browner and less more lustrous; alone they present a white square above the wing.

Habitat: They live in courses of water of all type, located in areas forest, in gulches and rivers inside gallery forests, swamps with trees or swamps.

Reproduction: They make their nest in a big cavity of a tree, usually quite high of the floor, typically in a gallery forest. The nest has little or any lining. In occasions it nests on the floor. They put from 8 to 10 eggs of white color. They reproduce mainly during the rainy station.

Stationality: They make marked seasonal movements, related with the change of the level of the water in their habitat.

Feeding: They often forage in open areas, even in swamps and grain camp. They feed of seeds that include corn and rice, roots and, in occasions, frogs, crabs and insects.

Behavior: They usually form flocks, although you/they can be observed solitary or in even. They usually sleep in trees. The males are aggressive among them.

Uses: It is a species appreciated by the hunters for the sport hunt and also to take advantage of their meat. On the other hand, this duck has been tamed by the man to use his meat and his eggs.

Distribution: is found from the north of Mexico until the west of Colombia, east of Peru and the north of Argentina.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-07 3:40]
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Hello Ricardo,
Wonderful portrait.POV,details,sharpness,expression on face and composition are excellent.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-07 4:06]
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H Ricardo,Beatifull shot of this ugly looking bird,never seen this specie before,excellent colors with great sharpness and details,

Well done,

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-07 7:13]
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The bird is not cute but the portrait is a wonderful ;-) Good details on feathers and skin.
Congratulations Ricardo and thanks for sharing.

Hi Ricardo,
An excellent portrait shot here. The light appears to have been very bright, but you managed the exposure well. Very nice colors and sharp detail in this frame filling composition. Looks great!


Isn't this one a good looker!! I like your composition, POV, sharpness, detail, DOF, BG and Lighting. TFS,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-07 15:43]
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Hi Ricardo,
Excellent portrait. Great sharp details with good exposed colours. Also good lighting and POV. Well done and TFS.

What a strange bird, Ricardo! Excellent close-up with a lot of details! The colors looks so natural and the nice green bg compliments very well the bird! The exposure is very well managed even in that sunny day! Great picture and TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-07 17:13]
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Hola Ricardo,
Un retrato en primer plano muy conseguido. El plumaje tiene un gran aspecto y la iluminación es muy suave y equilibrada. La cara del ave no puede ser más rara.
Un saludo,
José M.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-07 18:19]
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Hola Ricardo,
Excellent profile of this muscovy duck.
What a strange one this is.
Sharp details and good colors.
TFS : )

Great job with this Ricardo.
Excellent sharpness, detail, and DOF.
Composed nicely on a great BG as well.
I like the seeded grass, that touches the end of the beak, nice touch :)
Well done and Thank you!

Hola Ricardo,
Que extraño pato! No sabía que viviera en Argentina, ciertamente hasta Buenos Aires no.
viendolo de cerca es horrendo, con ese granujerío colorado bordeando su cara y sus plumas despeinadas.
Buen retrato,con buenos detalles. Bien a pesar de la luz intensa y el color claro del ave.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-07 19:32]
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Hola Ricardo,
Great duck portrait.
I like your pov,dof,blurred bg,colors,pose and note.TFS

Hi Ricardo,
Very nice shot.
Very good sharp and colors.
Well done !!!
TFS Malgosia

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-08 6:49]
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Hello Ricardo,
A very fine portrait of this unusual bird.
Great colours,excellent detail and DOF.


Hi Ricardo,
Oh my dear, this is what I call an interesting creature..!
A great pose indeed, combined with a most pleasant framing giving a fine portrait!
Wonderful clarity in colours, fine details in face and feather coats...
Pablo -

is it the duck of Frankestein?
good portrait but sobject, wow, can't see :-)

Hi Mario

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-08 10:30]
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Bonjour Ricardo, vous êtes le specialiste de la photographie des têtes d'oiseau. Celle ci est bien réussie et les petites protuberances rouge donnent beaucoup de relief au potrait. Mes félicitations, Didier.

Hi Ricardo, thanks for this "exotic" bird. Interesting description . High qualiti and good seeing details. TFS

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-08 15:11]
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Something must have gone wrong on the assembly line when this duck was made. It looks as if another head is coming out of this one's mouth. TFS

Hi Ricardo

This is great work. Lovely depth of colour, good detail shown and well composed. Very nice to view. :-)

Hello Ricards....your a very busy guy :)
Excellent detail and lighting on your unique looking Cairina Moschata. The background colours are a nice contrast to the duck. TFS Janice

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-10 3:55]
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Great picture of this bird portrait.
Great capture, DOF, color, details and BG


Hello Ricardo,
Nice, clear shot of this strange looking bird. Excellent composition, POV, DOF. Congratualtions and TFS.

Excellent profile,such an ugly bird though :)Superbly detailed capture, very well done...

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-11 8:17]
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Hello Ricardo,
not the most beautiful bird, but a very well captured one;-). POV,, colors and details are excellent.

Hi Ricardo,

Excellent shot.
Wonderful colors, light and composition.
Very nice BG, DOF and POV.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Color and details are all there with a very nice POV that shows this incredibly ugly bird off well. Fantastico! :)

Hi Ricardo !
This is really a wonderful portrait, even if the bird is not particularly beautiful ! :-) He's got one of the strangest face I have ever seen. Details, colors, exposure, composition and POV are splendid. Very well done !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-12 6:03]

This is much different from our NZ Muscovies, but they ahve been engineered out here I think.
Good capture Ricardo, the patterns and colours are good, especially the orange lumps! Nice one,

consigo ver todos os detalhes uma bonita e simples foto! Excelente! As cores estão um espetáculo!
Fica bem Ana:)

H Ricardo,
Beatifull shot of this ugly looking bird,never seen this specie before,excellent colors with great sharpness and details.


Hola Ricardo,
Como esta usted!
I loved all your portriats of animal very much!
very good closeup on every one with perfect sharpness, good colour and superb details to view and enjoyed!
thanks for the informative notes as well
muchas gracias

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