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Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
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Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-12-27 23:11
Viewed: 3151
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this Muscovy Duck at a lake in Bella Vista AR.
I put a full picture in the work shop.
Thanks for looking.

The Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata, is a large duck which is native to Mexico, Central and South America. A small wild population reaches into the US in the lower Rio Grande River basin in Texas. There also are feral breeding populations in North America in and around public parks in nearly every state of the USA and in the Canadian provinces. Although the Muscovy Duck is a tropical bird, it adapts to icy and snowy conditions down to -12C (10F) and below without ill effects.

The wild Muscovy Duck is all-dark apart from the white in the wings, with long talons on its feet and a wide flat tail. The male is 86 cm long and weighs from 2.1 to 3.2 kg, much larger than the 64 cm long, 970 g to 1.3 kg female. His most distinctive features are a bare red face with a pronounced caruncle at the base of the bill and a low erectile crest of feathers. The drake has a dry hissing call, and the hen a quiet trilling coo.

Muscovy or Barbary ducklings are mostly yellow with buff-brown markings on the tail and wings. Some domesticated ducklings have a dark head and blue eyes, others a light brown crown and dark markings on their nape. They are agile and speedy precocial hunters.

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Hi Tom,
Wow what a shot, I love the smug look on this fellows face as if to say go ahead take the shot, suburb detail and stunning colours, very nice work all the best Cheers Rick :) P.s an excellent gallery too :)

Hello Tom,
This is a fine portrait, with great details in the plumage!
I like the tight framing, and the cunning expression is well captured...
The backlight adds a lovely outline to the bird!
Pablo -

Love the details and the great lighting. Your work has just gotten better and better. Good stuff!

Hello Tom,
Good close up shot with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
the exposure and focus is spot on
very well done and composed

Nice Tom...which duck is the one which ....to put it in terms acceptable by me..the one which is preferred by oriental cooking? I thinnk this may be the one...and I wonder why, how and such...but a nice image...I don't beleive I have ever seen one up close like this.

Hi Tom and a very Happy New Year to you.

This is a very nice portrait of your Muscovy Duck. His colours and face are very unusual looking. Your notes are interesting especially about being precocial. Excellent detail, colour and composition.

TFS Janice

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