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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic Ducks Of The World, Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-25 12:22
Viewed: 6758
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wood duck, Aix Sponsa

The wood duck's species name, sponsa, meaning "bride," refers to this bird's handsome appearance. Males have a dark green, purple, and blue-crested head with white face stripes and chin. The bill is reddish orange, the neck is white, and the chest is a deep chestnut color. The bird's flanks are barred with black and white, and its belly is white. Female wood ducks have less ornate plumage than their partners. They are mostly grey with a distinct white eye ring. Juveniles resemble females but are spotted below. Another distinctive characteristic of wood ducks is their habit of perching on snags or stumps near water. Wood ducks may measure 47 cm (18 in) from head to tail.
The wood duck's breeding range extends over much of the continental United States and southern Canada. During the winter, the birds move south out of Canada into the lower 48 states. They are year-round residents of South Carolina, preferring to live in wooded swamps, bottomlands, marshes, and ponds.
Photographed at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Arundel Sussex.

TAZ, Fisher, LordPotty, wideload, Janice, PDP, marhowie, coasties, liquidsunshine has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-25 12:30]

Joli prise de vue pour ce magnifique canard. Belles couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well done !

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-25 12:47]

What a colorful bird and you show the colors and details very good. Just great...
Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-25 13:52]

Well done on this capture and clear, crisp details.
Maybe a shot at it's level and the reflection in the water would improve the overall composition.
Excelent work.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-25 14:27]

very good shot Michael ,
the details are super and the sharpnes is great, the pof is very good, I like the composition. Good job
gr. Jaap

Beautiful duck Michael.That colour on the bill is really intense.Did you bump it up a bit in PP or is it as it was?
Its a lovely shot anyway.Well done.

Very colourful duck Michael, a well exposed and detailed shot, colours look a little too saturated and maybe a lower angle would strengthen the composition, a good shot all the same.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-25 15:39]

What a beautifully coloured duck Michael. Very good capture and sharpness. Nicely shown. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-25 16:52]

Hi Michael, bery nice picture. Lovely colours and composition. Great looking duck, very well done.

Michael, Great lookin' Wood Duck! Nice tight shot showing all the colors & details off very well. Great work!

Michael, great again. Love these ducks. Have found a wildlife park about 3 hours drive from where I live that has them. So, guess where I will be going very soon! This is another wonderful post from you. Keep 'em coming... please!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-25 18:32]

Wonderful shot. You captured the colours on it's head so well. I've never seen a duck like that.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-25 18:43]

Beau spécimen aux belles couleurs, j'aime beaucoup ce canard. Peut-être un peu trop de saturation des couleurs. Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journée.

Very nice composition, great colours and details.
Well done.

This is a great shot Michael,
Very sharp and clean. Excellent colours and details. Well exposed and a nice composition
Thanks for posting

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