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* Ring-necked Duck *
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-22 17:29
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

Here is a photo from my archives, a Ring-necked Duck, the "ring" is very visible in this picture.


he adult male is similar in color pattern to the Eurasian Tufted Duck, its relative. It has a grey bill with a white band, a shiny purple head, a white breast, yellow eyes and a dark grey back. The adult female has a pale brown head and body with a dark brown back, a dark bill with a more subtle light band than the male and brown eyes. The cinnamon neck ring is usually difficult to observe, unlike the white ring on its bill, which is why the bird is sometimes referred to as a "ringbill".

Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes or ponds in the northern United States and Canada. They overwinter in southern North America, usually in lakes, ponds, rivers or bays.

These birds feed mainly by diving. They eat aquatic plants as well as some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish.

tuslaw, rousettus, jusninasirun, CeltickRanger, eng55, Miss_Piggy, jhm, PeterZ, horias, nglen, jaycee, Hormon_Manyer, MMM has marked this note useful
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-22 17:44]

Hello Everton,
A top notch photo shown with excellent detail and beautiful colors. The lighting shows of his plumage very well. Superb image, tac sharp!! TFS.
PS. If I remember correctly the first photo I posted on TN was of this duck.

hello Everton
this is very similar to our some Aythya species here, but a bit different, e.g. A. marila and A. nyroca. this is also very beautiful. you greatly captured it with superb exposure and great focus. eyes contact and POV very nice. composition and colors also great. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes my friend

Hi Everton.

Very good capture at this duck. Beautiful close framing with details are so well exposed. I like the reflection and beautiful bluish background in the frame.

Best regards,

hello Everton

very beautiful close-up photo of this Duck, with fine POV,
fine focus sharpness and details, very beautiful luminosity
coming in to the duck, TFS


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-22 20:20]

Splendid photo of this very rare Duck in Europe, TFS!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-22 21:28]

Hello Everton
This is a very rare visitor to my country. Excellent capture with wonderful colors and great details

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-22 21:56]

Hi Everton,
Beautiful capture of this Ring-necked.Excellent POV,colors,
sharpness and details.I liked his eyes and tight framing
also a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hallo Everton
This is really a special image. The colours of the feathers is striking, the expression on the face priceless and the orange polka dot eye beautiful. The different stripes on it's beak is very eye-catching. I love the ripples made by the swimming movement of the bird, as well as the shiny colourtones in the water. A beautiful waterbird indeed. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-22 23:26]

Hello Everton,

Eye and beak are very nice, sharpness and clarity are superb
Beautiful close framing with details are so well exposed
very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Everton.
A very good capture of an interesting bird.
Nice colors of it.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-23 0:54]

Hello Everton,
Excellent close photo of this Ring-necked Duck. The light in this photo is very beautiful. It shows beautiful natural colours. Superb sharpness and details. Good low POV, DOF and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-23 5:05]

Good portrait with fine colors and background. tfs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-23 6:29]

Hi Everton
Great capture this wonderful duck!
Details and colors are beautiful!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-23 11:29]

Hi Everton. I have to say this is a text book style picture of the Ring-necked Duck . This is one i have not seen before so thanks for posting this on TF. Its a very proud looking upright bird. All with fine detail and natural colours. TFS . with interesting notes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-23 15:58]

Hi Everton,

I finally understand why this duck is called Ring-necked. A wonderful view of the ring and a beautiful picture of the duck. I love the fancy black and white beak, the yellow eye, and the lovely feathers - all with fine details. He is posing so nicely for you!


Hi Everton,
Beautiful, sharp duck portrait, minimalistic yet quite pleasing composition. Excellent exposure (no oe on the white parts, or a very few indeed) while there are plenty of details on the black feathers, too. Great job MF, congrats and tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-26 6:00]

Hi Everton
Nice closed up.Beautiful detail and great colors for that razor sharp image.I really like the light on the plumage.
TFS Michel

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