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Graceful Landing

Graceful Landing
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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: 2005-03-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Ducks II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-24 14:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
About Ducks
Ducks also called "waterfowls" because they are normally found in places with water like ponds, streams and rivers. They are related to geese and swans. The duck is the smallest of them all. Ducks also have shorter necks and wings and a stout body. They can live from 2-12 years, depending on species.

Ducks have webbed feet, designed for swimming. Their webbed feet act like paddles for the ducks. A duck waddles instead of walk because of its webbed feet. Do you know that the duck's feet cannot feel cold even if it swims in icy cold water ? Well, the reason for this is because its feet has no nerves or blood vessels !!

Water-proof feathers
Another special thing that the duck has is its water-proof feathers. There is a special gland that produces oil near the duck's tail which spreads and covers the outer coat of the duck's feathers, making it water-proof. Beneath the water-proof coat are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.

How does a duck clean itself ?
Ducks keep clean by preening themselves. They do this by putting their heads in funny positions and putting their beaks into their body. They preen themselves very often.

Do you know what affects duck's production of eggs ?
The production of eggs are affected by daylight. When there is more daylight, the ducks will lay more eggs. In the months of July to December when daylight is short, they slow down their production of eggs. Sometimes, they stop laying eggs completely during these months. To prevent this from happening, farmers use artificial lighting so that the ducks have about 17 hours of light a day to produce eggs efficiently.

Image Information

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 6:05 p.m.
Date: 16th March 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/750
F-Stop: F/4.5
Flash: No
Tripod: No
Focal Length: 175mm
ISO: 400

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Very good picture Pam.
You catch the duck in the right moment, great.
Very good details and colours.
I like little more space to the left.
Very well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-24 15:20]

Great landing. The Canon 10D is very good with the ISO 400. It's true that more space on the left would have made it perfect but the result is more than satisfying. It's fantastic.

Great capture, very good warm tones and very good timing, it is just pity that you blew a little bit the white tones, I think negetive EC would do.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-24 17:35]

Hello Pam, fantastic photo. Veyr nice capture of this landing. I wish there were a little more room in front of the duck but it's still good. Well done.

Hi Pam, even though a bit more space in front of the duck would have been preferable, these shots are not easy to get right and this is still a fine shot.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-24 18:41]

Nice landing Pam. They're not easy, and you got it at just the right moment. Colours look great. Well done.

An excellent stop action shot. Perfect timing to get this shot. Color and detail are also very good. Well Done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-25 3:28]

Fantastic capture Pam. You pushed the trigger at the exact right moment. Very well done. Maybe the duck should have had some breathing space on the left and the burnt whites on the wings are too bad. Don't bother about my critiques as this is really excellent and I would love to take such a picture myself! TFS!

Nice shot PAm,
Well captured landing. You've captured the details well. I like the small space on the left, it gives a good appearance of speed by the duck.
Nice shot, well done.
Thanks for posting

Great shot, just a bit OE but good details and colours. Good framing as well.
Well done.

Great action shot Pam! Very good details and you've stopped the action very well..I agree a bit more space left would help..Well done!

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