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Waldo : )

Waldo : )
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 3:40
Viewed: 3540
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Waldo. : )
He is a wood duck, come from who knows where.
He arrived sometime last week and has been hanging out at our neighborhood lake with the migrating mallards.
I have been going out to the lake to see him every day.
When people throw bread crumbs out, he comes to shore with all the mallards and pecks his way into the fray.
When all the green heads are down looking for food, it is very hard to find him in the crowd. Hence his name: Waldo (named after a children's book titled Where's Waldo?)
I hope you like him as much as I do.

Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

Canard branchu (French)
Pato de charreteras (Spanish)

A colorful duck of wooded swamps and streamsides, the Wood Duck is one of only a few North American ducks that nest in trees. Many people consider it to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl.

Sex Differences
Male brightly patterned, female dull gray brown.

Female makes loud "oo-eek, oo-eek" when disturbed and taking flight. Male has thin, rising and falling zeeting whistle.

Cool Facts

Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females. These "dump" nests can have up to 40 eggs.

The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 m (290 ft) without injury.
The Wood Duck is a popular game bird, and is second only to the Mallard in numbers shot each year in the United States.

Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.


coasties, JORAPAVI, Janice, smitha, Silke, Finland_in_Eton, Adanac, ramthakur, marjan, Pitoncle, fiyo, stevkds, Ken52, loot has marked this note useful
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Hi Manyee

Wow... I love each and every shot. Aren't they impressive colours. Nice work and great presentation! Congrats! :-)

Hola Manyee,
Bonita presentación, los detalles, la nitidez y los colores son fantásticos, buen trabajo. Un cordial saludo

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-06 4:13]

Hello Waldo the Wood duck. In NZ and England the book is called "Where's Wallie?" Waldo is not a well known name here at all.
4 beautiful shots of Waldo Manyee, he is so attractive, and you show him well. Colours and sharpness are spot on, TFS

Hi Manyee, you have done an excellent job. i enjoyed each and every shot. you have covered him from all angles it seems.very colourful and good composition.tfs,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-06 6:01]

This collage, which shows so clearly the details of the wood ducks' heads, eyes, and feathers is really grand. Excellent colours and details

Very nice presentation of wood duck portraits. Gives nice, detailed, views of this colorful bird's markings. Also shows how DOF can work to enhance your images... how a soft focus background sets off the main subject. TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-06 7:52]

Hi Manyee,
Great colage of wonderful closeups of this very handsome duck. Thanks for sharing.

Excellent series!
You have a nice portfolio!
Thank you for view my work,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 8:31]

Hello manyee,
What an impressive portrait collage of the male Wood Duck, showing his gorgeous head from every angle. Each shot is sharp ans well presented.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

I love this 'Waldo', Manyee; he is so very cute!
I think Wood duck is the most colorful of all the ducks in the world.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-03-06 10:58]

hi Manyee, wonderful bird and excelent shot. Good combination of this incradible face, and very useful info,

Hi Manyee,

Bonita colecção de retratos. O modelo também ajuda muito;)
Muito boa côr, exposição e detalhe.
Sorry but my English is not good;)

Bonjour Manyee,
Très originale présentation mettant bien en valeur les superbes couleurs de ce canard.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-07 3:27]

Hello Manyee,
excellent collage with great pictures.
Great colors & composition with excellent details within your DOF.TFS

Good idea Manyee.
Interesting motive. Very good colour combination. See worshop.
Well done. tfs Stev

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-10 1:09]

Nice presentation of the wood duck. Very rich, vivid colors. Excellent exposure on each shot. Nice note.

Hi Manyee,
Nice colage of this wonderful duck. Thanks for sharing.

Regarding your question: Yes all are from Berlin Zoo and Berlin Tierpak.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-19 23:37]

Very Very beautiful bird. I have not seen him yet. Where does he hang out?

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-03 4:19]
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Hi ManYee

Well done with this quadruple collage showing all the angles of the gorgeous Waldo. Fortunately for him, those intense red eyes are obviously no indication of the previous night’s party. Seems like he has a sufficiently bold attitude befitting his beauty, not allowing a couple of mallards to shoo him away from a freebie lunch.

All 4 shots show great details and colours. The composition of each one also reflects your photographic skills and keen eye for the correct placing of your subject and cropping of the frames. Of course there are no nits to be found as far as the exposures are concerned so it remains to be said that all-in-all this is a fine piece of work.

Very well done and TFS.

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