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Coming in for a Landing

Coming in for a Landing
Photo Information
Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon 300mm F2.8L IS +1.4 TC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-25 20:21
Viewed: 3500
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Sex Differences
Male with bright green head and pale body, female dull brown all over.

Other Names
Canard colvert (French)
Pato de collar (Spanish)

Cool Facts

The Mallard is the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Many of the domestic breeds look like the wild birds, but usually are larger. They are variable in plumage, often lacking the white neck ring or having white on the chest. Feral domestic ducks breed with wild Mallards and produce a variety of forms that often show up with wild ducks, especially in city parks.

The widespread Mallard has given rise to a number of populations around the world that have changed enough that they could be considered separate species. The "Mexican Duck" of central Mexico and the extreme southwestern United States and the Hawaiian Duck both are closely related to the Mallard, and in both forms the male is dull like the female. The Mexican Duck currently is considered a subspecies of the Mallard, while the Hawaiian Duck is still given full species status.

Mallard pairs are generally monogamous, but paired males actively pursue forced extra-pair copulations. Copulation between members of a pair usually takes place in the water after a long bout of elaborate displays. Forced copulations are not preceded by displays, and several males may chase a single female and mate with her.

Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings.

source: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Mallard.html

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wonderfull capture, nice photo, color


very nice shot. Great timing on the shot, with a nice POV.


It's like he's hovering - humming duck style.

Bonjour Adam,

C'est à vous couper le souffle ! Magnifique photo ! Je rève d'en faire une aussi jolie.

Bravo et merci de la partager.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-25 23:04]

Hi Adam

Excellent capture - great detail and exposure - especially in an action shot - very skillful.


Hey Adam, really great shot love the stopped action and with the motion of the wings really sets it off, excellent detail, Cheers Rick :)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-26 2:27]

Hi Adam, this is a fab action shot of the Mallard landing! The water is so smooth and clear with a lovely rippled reflection. The Mallard is so sharp, you caught the moment well, great colour, light and sharp focus. I love the blrry wings. Wonderful compositon.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-26 6:38]

Hi Adam,
fabulous in-flight image of this Mallard.
I love the silky smooth water and the ripples are beautiful.
I like the reflection aswell.
Pin-sharp and great focusing.
Very well done,

Hello Adam,

Beautiful picture. Good focus and very good natural colours.

Hello Adam,
My compliment towards this outstanding captured of yours!
excellent sharpness, vivid colour and perfect details on the shot!
a great composition with a good notes indeed
best wishes to you and family

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-26 10:54]

Hello Adam,
Most of all I like the amazing clear colours. The timing is perfect and the details are very good. Fantastic focus and composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-26 13:13]

Hi Adam,
Very nice action shot. I liked the pose you captured, lighting and the color tones. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-26 22:56]

Great job, Adam. ; )
You caught him in the right moment.
So sharp and beautiful colors.
I like the blurred wings.
The light on the water is just right, and you managed to not get any glare from it.
My friends told me they saw you down at the lake that day.
TFS. : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-27 3:39]

Hola amigo,
precioso momento,
bellos detalles y color,
agradable trabajo...

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