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Mr Wood Duck

Mr Wood Duck
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ducks, Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 0:27
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Mr Wood Duck

Many naturalists and hunters consider the Wood Duck Aix sponsa to be the most beautiful duck in North America, if not the world. The male in its multi-coloured breeding plumage, worn from October through June, is unexcelled among ducks. The female is less showy, although still beautiful and more colourful than other female ducks.

Wood Ducks are intermediate in size, between the Mallard and Blue-winged Teal; on average, males weigh 680 g and females weigh 460 g. From a distance, the male Wood Duck on the water appears as a dark-bodied, dark-breasted, light-flanked duck with a striped crested head and a light-coloured throat. At close range, its iridescent plumage, red eyes, and black, red, and white bill are conspicuous. A white eye-ring, light-coloured throat, and fine crest distinguish the female from both the male Wood Duck and females of other species. Both sexes usually show a downward pointing crest at the back of the head, and their long broad square tails are distinctive features in flight.

The wings of Wood Ducks are highly characteristic. The primary wing feathers, which are the 10 outermost flight feathers attached to the wing beyond the wrist, are dark in colour. The outer vanes of these feathers look as if they have been sprayed with aluminum paint. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck so marked.

In most cases it is possible to distinguish immature from mature ducks and to tell males from females by their wings alone. In the Wood Duck, as in other ducks, the feathers of that year’s young are finer, more pointed and worn, and less colourful than those of adults. Females show a few small feathers on the upper surface of the wing that are purplish and have the same lustre as oil on water. These feathers are absent in males. The white tips on the feathers along the trailing edge of the wing are usually teardrop-shaped in the female, but either straight or V-shaped in the male. By studying the wings of ducks taken by hunters, biologists can determine the ratio of young to adult ducks in the population and thereby measure waterfowl production.

The Wood Duck is a distinctively North American species. Its only close relative is the Mandarin Duck of eastern Asia. Evidently the Wood Duck originated in North America, as fossil remains have been found only in widely scattered locations in the eastern part of the continent.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 12:00 noon
Date: 5th February 2007
Weather conditions: Overcast
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/80
F-Stop: F/7.1
Focal Length: 300mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
This is outstandig!
I'm amazed with the sharpness quality of this image!
Excellent POV to catch the colorful beak of this duck, that really stand out in this image. The red eye is also magnificent, and all their wonderful feather in general.
The composition could't has been better, plus the excellent DOF that got the soft blurred background leaves.
This is a reamarkable image!
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

Bellissima anche questa!
Mi piace il taglio e i dettagli sono ottimi.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-12 1:32]

hi Pam,
une race que nous n'avons pas chez nous, le spécimen est très beau.
La prise de vue dans le milieu naturel est vraiment bien réalisée, bonne netteté et jolies couleurs.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-12 2:05]

I love the composition on this one, Pam.
The details are so so sharp. The markings on the chest are mesmerizing to me. Just exquisite. Rich colors, excellent exposure, and wonderful eye contact. TFS. : )

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-12 2:21]

Hi Pam,

A great colored shot of this woodduck,well captured with nice colors and details,well done and TFS


What a lovely composition !!!

I'm very impressed with the sharpness on it, besides the DOF and the light are terrific !!!

It's a great photograph Pam.
Congratulations !


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-12 3:25]

Hi Pam
this very beautiful shot of Wood Duck..Details&POV are fantastic!!!nicely composed!!Eye contact is excellent. TFS!!

Hi Pam.
Have amazing shots. This is one of themselves. Excellent composition and coloured presentation. Technically perfect picture. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Pam,
A nice colored shot of this woodduck,well captured with nice colors and details.

But this is Mr. or Mrs. ??? I think Mrs.

Please look here.


Hello Pam,
This wood duck is really beautiful as you mention in your note. A great color combination and intricate feather pattern. This picture is well in focus and composition is perfect. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-12 6:21]

Hello Pam,
A very nice composition of this duck, your detail and colors captured are excellent, thanks for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-12 7:25]

Hi Pam,
a wonderful shot and a lovely compositiom. I like the tight crop a lot. The duck is so nicely surounded by the leafes. Very nice details and lovely colors.
Very well done.

Hi Pam,
A very nice shot on this male Wood Duck. They are at least one of the most colorful and beautiful ducks for sure. A good exposure here has the colors and detail looking excellent. He looks good in the surrounding water plants.

Very-very nice capture, Pam!
Great composition and excellent details. I like colors, POV and BG. DOF is very good.
Regards and TFS,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-12 8:37]

Hi Pam,
Sharp & well presented. Love the drops of water on the head & back.
Badruddin Ali

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-12 11:09]

Hi Pam

Another splendid shot from you!
I really like this one because it shows a bit of the natural habitat, too.
The details and colors on the duck are terrific and the DOF here is outstanding, blurring everything behind the head nicely.
Lovely pose, great note and composition.

Bravo and TFS

bonjour pam
ce joli canard est parfaitement presenté dans son environement naturel.
belles couleurs.bons details.

bonjour Pam,

magnifique prise de vue superbe détail et couleurs bravo


Hi Pam ,
excellent focus and greta details.
colours are great too.
well captured.
thanks for sharing

Salut Pam

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce magnifique canard. Très jolies couleurs et bonne profondeur de champ avec de jolis détails..
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 13:50]

Hello Pam,
Very fine capture of this very beautiful duck. Sharp details and lovely colour. I like the vantage point and the surrounding water lily leaves.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Excellent capture Pam.
You have to be one of the most prolific shooters I know :)

Hi Pam,

Nice capture, well detailed with beautiful colour and framing/ TFS


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