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Wood Duck

Wood Duck
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-11 15:59
Viewed: 3463
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first time that I have been close enough to get an acceptable shot of a wood duck. This was a lone individual in the midst of a mixed flock of mallards and Canadian geese. Had a good day shooting yesterday, also capturing a decent image of a redwing blackbird, which has a similar reclusive personality.
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck Aix sponsa is smaller than the more common mallard - about 3/4 its size. A typical adult is about 48 cm (19 in) in length with an average wingspan of 73 cm (29 in). It's closely related to another duck with brilliant plumage, the Asian Mandarin Duck. The name, Aix sponsa, translates roughly to "waterbird in bridal dress"
The population was in decline at the beginning of the 20th century, but improvements in habitat and hunting limits have helped the species recover.
It's a perching duck, one of the few duck species that nests in trees. A number of people have built wood duck boxes that provide habitat for the ducks to breed.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-11 18:20]

Hello Greg,
A super shot of a duck that has eluded me many times. I did manage to get a shot of one last year, but it was from quite a distance away.
Your image shows the awesome colored plumage of this beautifully marked duck. Perfectly composed with just the right exposure. Someday I hope to get a close-up like this. Great work!!!


Nice colors for this duck, also a lot of details

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-12 0:11]

Hello Greg,

Almost a type of a madarine duck, splendid copy.
Sharpness and clarity are very nice for look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Beautiful photograph and especially the note. Thank you for sharing.

Hallo Greg
I just critiqued another water bird of Peter and in my personal opinion called it: Fun in the sun, so it seems as if I have to call this one Fun in the sun no 2. What a most pretty and delightful sight. This is a lovely bird and it looks as if it was created from all the remnants of other creations prior to this one. The variety of colours and details on the plumage are beautiful, and the presentation not only warm and inviting but it has a joyous feeling that surrounds it. Thanks for sharing. Best Regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-30 6:55]

Hi Greg,
such a beautiful duck. The colours are so beautiful and the sharpness isso excellent. the glow of the metallic green head is very exciting. Comparing with the ducks at my place, this one is indeed very beautiful and outstanding.
such a beauty.
Excellent presentation.


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