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Loving Couple

Loving Couple
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 19 N: 798] (3083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peace and Love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 16:47
Viewed: 3229
Points: 32
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Mallards in John Golden Park Queens NY

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos[1]), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The Mallard and the Muscovy Duck are believed be the ancestors of all domestic ducks

The mallard is 5665 cm long, has a wingspan of 8198 cm, and weighs 7501,000 g. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a yellow bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark brown bill in females). The female Mallard is light brown, like most female dabbling ducks. However, both the female and male Mallards have distinct blue speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest (though temporarily shedded during the annual summer molt). In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage the drake becomes drab, looking more like the female, but still distinguishable by its yellow bill and reddish breast.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-08 18:19]

Hello Angela,
Very nice couple, good picture for Valentine's Week


beautiful capture .very nice detail and wonderful colors.great pov.

Ahhh the canards eh? Well done...you have a fine eye for some things which I have been noticing...and you wear your heart on your sleeve..an old saying which in this case implies that you are showing emotion through photos and of course it doesn't hurt to have a quality camera and glass!Bob

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-08 19:43]

Great photo, excellent sharpnes, good composition. Your photo has captured the mood of the day, I can almost feel the coldness of the water as observerd by the tightness of the ducks wings and necks to their bodies.
Your gallery has a wide arrangement of subject material. Your photos make you feel as though you are right there in the scene. TFS

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-09 9:20]

Hi Angela, I just visited your gallery and there are superb pictures. This one I like too, at first I thought it was raining because of the colour of the water and the movement of light on it, with the reflections. The two ducks seem quiet, the colours are great and we can even see little droplets on the head of the male. Very nice and lovely to look at, thank you,


hello Angela

excellent photo of this lovelly couple, good POV and the way
you framed them on the image, excellent details
specially on the head of the female, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-10 3:49]

Hello Angela, it's a very good composition and the sharpness is fantastiv! I like the effect in the water, well done, thanks!


Hello Angela,
As long as they can find open water they are happy!
Great details in this fine couple, and soon it is hatching time again...
A well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hello Angela, nice presentation of this couple.
Good shot.

Hello Angela very sharp shot good detail nicely positioned in the frame. It's great you captured male and female together works well tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Angela,
lovely shot for a lovely couple,
excellent focus and splendid pattern in water,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-11 18:39]

Hello Angela

A very lovely couple indeed.Well captured with sharp focus and details.
The lighting and colours are excellent.
The reflections on the water are creating a neat effect.
Very good POV.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-11 19:16]

Hi Angela.
Beautiful photo. Great pose of this two Ducks. I like the colors of them and also the water.
great job Angela.

Nicely composed Angela, great shot of the two here.
Good DOF bringing them both in, great color and detail.
It looks like the lights direction was not in your favor, but you managed it well.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-12 16:18]

Hi Angela,

Nice composition, we can appreciate both ducks with their beautiful colours and in good focus. Well done!


Very nice tranquil scene here angela! The water reflection looks great as does the DOF and Focus!

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