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Find the DUCK

Find the DUCK
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-08
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-19 3:49
Viewed: 5322
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first DUCK... I told Joanna I would get her a DUCK today. . . But sorry, plans changed, so I looked up this photo from our trip to Rotorua last year, and hey, there’s a DUCK. You might need a magnifying glass, but there is one there – way out on the left. I can’t quite give a name to it, but if anyone knows what it is, please let me know, and I’ll sort out some notes for it.
So, for you Joanna. . .

20 March 2005 Note added:
Thanks to Stephen / Signal-Womb as he wins the prize at guessing the name of this duck. This is a Mallard. They are known as “dabbling ducks” because they feed at the surface of the water, eating various seeds including corn, wheat, bulrushes . . . . and also eat insects, small fish, tadpoles, freshwater snails, fish eggs, and frogs on river bottoms. They don't dive all the way under the water, but just tip their heads under to feed.
Thank you all who helped me – especially those who got his eye-colour correct too. But after serious consideration, I accept Stephen’s answer. The cheque will be in the post tomorrow Stephen!

New Zealand has at least 770 lakes with a combined surface area of some 334,000 hectares. The vast majority are small with surface areas of less than 50 hectares (or half a square kilometre). Most are shallow lakes only several metres deep and surrounded by farmland. Only 40 lakes have areas greater than 50 hectares.

New Zealand's lakes were formed by three broad processes. Volcanic eruptions created the hollows for most of the larger North Island lakes. Glacial ice gouged out the basins for most of the South Island lakes. Land barriers formed by accumulated sediment, sand bars, and earth movements, have blocked off river channels, creating a large number of shallow lakes in floodplains and coastal areas.

Blue Lake is situated 9 km south-east of Rotorua. The Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) is one of the closest lakes to Rotorua, and is extremely popular with water skiers, swimmers and boaties. The clear blue waters are encompassed by an easy walking track, which takes in beautiful beaches, native bush and the exotic conifers of Whakarewarewa Forest. This natural environment supports a wide variety of birdlife. The northern end is surrounded by native bush, with margins of reeds and raupo providing good breeding areas for waterfowl.

I was driving along Lake Tikitaou when I saw a soft breeze playing with the reeds that fringe the lake, and stopped the car. You can see the reeds growing in the lake and wild blackberries on the shore. Also, see the duck swimming on the lake in the far distance –


Make - SONY
Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2004:11:08 13:13:37
ExposureTime - 10/1250 seconds
FNumber - 4.00
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 11.60 mm
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To livios: My first DUCKJanice 1 04-20 16:46
To Runnerduck: RotoruaJanice 2 03-20 13:30
To red45: The duck's a Mallard!Janice 1 03-19 22:03
To Luc: The duck's a Mallard!Janice 1 03-19 22:02
To Signal-Womb: It's a Mallard!Janice 2 03-19 22:01
To dew77: The duck's a Mallard!Janice 1 03-19 22:00
To cafecrem: DUCKJanice 1 03-19 21:59
To netfalls: Blue eyesJanice 2 03-19 21:57
To sAner: DucksJanice 1 03-19 04:26
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-19 3:52]
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It's easy to spot the duck Janice; top left corner. Anyway, why do you guys make fun of ducks all the time? ;) Ducks are great! Especially when caught flying. I loved Rotorua btw! One of the many special places in your fantastic country. Did I ever tell you I envy you for living in NZ? :) TFS!

I found it after 5 minutes, I don't know exactly witch kind of duck it is, it seems to me that it has blue eyes :-)))

Well done.

Hi Janice!
Pretty photo. I love this blue water and wonderful place... but duck... I'm very happy it is so away!

I'm going to my father and I will back tomorrow! I'll wait for your e-mail.

A lovely image Janice. Why are ducks getting such a hard time! We love ducks.
Friends of mine went to Rotorua a couple of years ago, bought me back the most amazing mud mask.....where was I?
A great image, were you tempted to take a dip?
Very interesting notes as always.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-19 5:25]
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Perfect DUCK shot,Janice ;}}
Nice view of Lake Tikitapu and good notes as always...TSF

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-19 5:46]

Belle composition avec de bonne couleurs juste.


Fantastic portrait on this female mallard Janice! The detail in the pens is exceptional as is colour. My only nit is its to tight a crop ;-)) Very well done...

Janice, What duck? There's no duck there..oops, got out the magnifying glass & just spotted it!! ;-)) Great notes, Thanx!

I found the duck with your help. Actually, apart from the duck, this is a very pleasant view of water and reeds. Nice shot!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-19 13:06]

Hi Janice
I like the reeds vegetation in the lake with the duck in the corner. The notes about the lakes are interesting too. Would have just cropped out the greenery in the foreground as it's slightly out of focus.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-19 13:57]
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Too big, your duck, Janice!
I can see a beautifull picture in his eye: reflections on a lake with a tiny duck at the top left ;-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-03-19 14:58]
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Janice - great details on your duck :-) For me every duck should looks like this :-))) BTW - I like composition of your picture - waves with shadows looks great!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-20 12:13]
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Janice, after reading your note, I could find the duck.

A nice composition, a pleasant shot.

Great colors too.

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