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Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-07 15:00
Viewed: 10196
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Muscovy duck

I took this picture last Saturday, shortly after a slightly rain, and the ducks climbed to a bench, where they were drying their plumage. I could approach so close to take the photo, no need to zoom, and they don’t were afraid, instead, it seems they were comfortable posing for me.
No crop, sharpen, and added the frame.

The Muscovy (Cairina moschata) is distinctly different genetically from common ducks.
This breed is believed to have originated in South America, although ancient records of this or a similar breed have been found in Egypt. There are both colored and white feathered varieties of Muscovies. The Sudani is a breed of Muscovy found in Egypt. Unlike common ducks, the head and face of Muscovies is covered with caruncles (a fleshy growth that resembles wattles). Another prominent feature of Muscovy ducks is the large difference in body size between the drake and the duck, the male weighing 30-50% more than the female. Muscovies tolerate hot weather much better than common ducks. Muscovy eggs require about 35 days to hatch. While Muscovies can be crossed with common ducks, their offspring are sterile.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Cairina
Species: C. moschata


SkyF, Alex99, nainnain, pvb, undoredo, blakitan, mikou, ramthakur, RAP, ferranjlloret, marhowie, Silvio2006, fiyo, pilonm, izler, sily, mesquens, Isu, jconceicao has marked this note useful
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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-12-07 17:15]

Ciao Jose,
ottimo ritratto, preso lateralmente!
Ottimi i colori e i dettagli, bravo!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-07 20:43]

Hello Jose,
this close up is wonderful. POV, sharpness and details are lovely. Very nice lighting and great colors. The lovely blurred BG makes a very nice backdrop for this colorful duck

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-08 3:28]

Hi Jose.
Very well done your cute portrait. The colours of the charming bird and BG harmonize beautifully. I like the sharpness and details of the bird image, excellent cropping and very impressive eye of the duck. Perfect done and TFS.

tres bons détails sur cette capture magnifique, bonne macro.
contente d' avoir vu votre galerie
bravo amitiès et merci de partager

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-10 7:13]

Hi Jose,
The duck posed lovely for you. Great details and sharpness. Good composition and a very nice blurred bg.
tfs paula

Hola Jose,
Superb sharpness, very fine details, and neat blurry BG as a result of well focused shot and great DoF. Colors are amazingly beautiful.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Jose Miguel,
I think it is the first time that I see this kind of duck. What a strange one! His colors and beak's shape are very impressive. This is a sharp, well composed and exposed picture. I like this very tight composition and I think that he has some stunning blue eyes. This is a beautiful portrait well done at all levels. Thanks,

Hi Jose,
What a wonderful close-up shot!!
Muscovy duck's eye is so amazing.
Excellent details with great POV!! I just want to see the full view of this pretty(?) duck. :-)
Thanks for sharing this photo, Jose.
Regards, Kevin

Hola Jose Miguel,
Buen retrato, con mucho color y buena definición. Saludos

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-11 9:29]

Hi Jose.
You are here captured very lovely detail head hereof duck.Lighting as well as colours are splendid.White it's good saturated,without OE.I like him very much contrast against green background,is that a nice combination of colours.Details are fine sharp,nice details to the eye.Good compo,good OOF BG.
Well done, great work.
TFS and regards.

Thanks for your visit and kind comments, Jose.
Superb close-up shot of this lovely duck; it was very obliging, as I gather from your note!
Amazing sharpness, colours and DOF.
Warm regards,

Preciosos detalles los de este retrato de pato. Muy buen DOF y agradable composición.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Jose,
Very sharp image, great colour and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

Nice sharp detailed colourfull shot good eye contact and sharpness a bit hot exposure in a couple of places on the whites but doesnt take away much good DOF and nice background seperation rgds Necip.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-12 16:38]
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Bueno... ahora que sé positivamente que no censurarán esta imagen, detallaré mi opinión entonces.
Me encanta el retrato de perfil de esta simpática ave.
Los detalles visibles son excelente con gran control de la luz comprobándose en el plumaje blanco.
Me encanta el color del ojo y las formaciones tan particulares, típicas de la especie.
Excelente OOF del fondo con perfecta difusión.
Gracias por compartirla... mientras no desaparezca ;-)
Un gran saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-12 17:12]

Very beautiful colors on this Muscovy. Detalis and sharpness is also very good. Exposure and contrast are perfect. Nice job on this well balanced shot.

Hi Jose,
Close up is wonderful. POV, sharpness and details are lovely.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-13 9:25]

Hi Jose
Good portrait shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV. Also good BG and frame.
Well done Jose


Hola Jose MIguel.
IMpresionante retrato de la Caririna moschata, además de que has hecho una buena composición, destaco la nitidez y el colorido, todo esto se concentra en el magnífico ojo. Felicidades por la toma.
Saludos cordiales.

Well done Jose.
Clear, sharp, and exposed very well..
Nice eye contact and color, with the BG well blurred. Great portrait & Happy Holidays!

Hola Jose Miguel, wonderful portrait of this duck, amazing details, lovely eye, splendid colors, great sharpness, a very excellent photo, Bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose Miguel
Excellent portrait ;-)
very nice colours and details,good shot

* Piotr *

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-08 10:36]

Hello Jose,
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-01-16 2:57]

splendide image
détails et couleurs parfaites


Hola Jose,

What an excellent picture of this nice duck! Even if the white seems a little bit OE at some place, the colors are very nice and looks completly natural! The great and nice bg compliments also so well the bird! Is it your reflection in its eye? ;-)


Michel (who will be in your nice country in two weeks for vacation at Margarita Island... Official reason (from my girlfriend: rest... Unofficial reason (from me): nature photography :-)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-14 17:16]

hello Jose
beautiful portrait photo. i like its exposure and details of eye. composition, point of view, blured background, depth of field, colours and sharpness are great

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-02 17:17]

Impresionante imagen! Una nitidez y calidad extraordinaria.
Espero que no te importe que haya hecho referencia a tu trabajo en mi foto de pato de Moscú.
Muchas gracias por la información.
Saludos, Maite

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-06 15:42]

Um belo pato, gostei da cores e nitidez. Muito bom o contraste
Uma boa Pascoa

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-12 20:23]

HI Jose!
Great portrait with striking colors, you can see "personality" of this bird, great details and BG!

Great portrait of this beautiful and interesting duck. nice work

Olá Jose Miguel,
Vamos de português mesmo...
Extraordinária foto. Esquisita! Belo pato e grande composição, com belas cores e enorme nitidês.
Obrigado por mostrar e, sobretudo, por transcrever Antonio Machado (ainda que em inglês, onde sua poesia não fica bem) na sua Introdução.

bonsoir José Miguel
Très réussie ta photo, il aurait tendance à me faire peur.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-10-06 7:19]

Hola Jose Miguel, bello primer plano, excelentes detalles y color y ademas muy nitido, buen marco. Saludos Sira

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is a fine portrait of this special duck!
Great details, and the image has educational quality...
A well framed presentation, strong vivid colours and the white plumage is very well exposed!
Pablo -

Hi dear Jose ,

Great macro with excellent details.
sharpness and colours are wonderful.
Nice BG too.

well done
Thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-13 5:07]

Hi Jose,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Olá José,

Fabulosa foto.Lindas cores,excelente definição com fantásticos detalhes.

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