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Pairing up for Spring

Pairing up for Spring
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Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS w/ 1.4 extender, Handheld in Sports Mode
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-24 21:28
Viewed: 2629
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While at this location in Douglas, Ga., I was amazed at the amount of wildlife in the area. Within 100 yards of this location, I photographed an otter eating a bream, 8 mallards, 3 pied-billed grebes, 11 canada geese and a belted kingfisher. I can't wait to go back soon. The male mallard is more colorful by far than the female. The female is camouflauged from man and other predators with her leafy brown colors and leafy looking feathers. Her being camouflaged will help her conceal the location of her nest and allow her to remain on the nest and go unnoticed. I also think the male has the bright green head to draw attention to himself and help protect his mate, nest and eggs or babies. Mallards are probably the most common ducks in the southeastern part of the country. They react to man as man reacts to them. Mallards that have been around people frequently seem to be unafraid of man especially if they are offered food. They may also fly away as soon as they see a person if they are not accustomed to populated areas.

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Very nice Travis! It looks like you had a fantastic time you your trip.

Hey, Merry Christma. It is snowing here right now.

Have a wonderful day.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Travis,
A great shot of this pair of mallards captured in their natural habitat. Wonderful detail and beautiful natural coloration. Sounds like you found a really nice area in which to take future photos.

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