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The Poser

The Poser
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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: 2005-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic Ducks Of The World, Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-27 9:59
Viewed: 5242
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wood duck, Aix Sponsa

I didn't intend to post a wood duck today but when I came home and looked at the pictures on the PC, this chap was just asking for it, so here he is.

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.

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What a colorful guy, he does seem to be posing proudly. I love the spotted feathers on his breast and the white stripes on him really do stand out. Nice informative note. Well done.

The title should be "The beauty".. It is gorgeous. The colours are good, the whites just bordering on OE i think.

Well done

Just wondering if these ducks and others you post are "Wild" or Flightless from the Wetland Trust as you make no mention of it.
Here, on Manitoulin Island, to get that close to the Woody is nearly imposible, and others. The Mallard is about the only one that we can nearly pet.

Excelent pose, that's for sure. The lighting and exposure is great. Well done on this composition. Your image by far is NOT overexposed or underexposed. Perfect.


P.S. don't worry about the whites, digital compacts and DSLR cannot capture the whites properly as they are always "hot" or "Cooked" You'll see on this site and other sites, unless post pro has diminished it by adding a solid colored filter. Since people are mentioning it, I will from now on for proof.

Michael, Well composed with dazzeling color and very good details - great note - great job!

Beautiful picture Micheal, looks like a painting.
Great colours, details, exposure and composition.
Excellent work.

He's handsome. I have finall seen a carolina Wood Duck in the 'flesh'. I am not entirely happy with my shots but non the less I will post to TN. Good clear shot. Nice work. TFS

Excellent colours very good composition and very good picture.

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  • gpepp Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 26] (97)
  • [2005-03-27 14:55]

Very beatiful colors and the sharpness is perfect. Well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-27 17:33]

Excellente composition, les couleurs et la netteté sont paraites.

Félicitations pour l'exposition et l'éclairage. Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journée.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-03-27 22:56]

Great colors and pose. Very good picture !


A great poser too Michael,
Fantastic shot, a very colourful and clean image.
Thanks for posting

Larger duck, less surrounding, too little detail shown in this image extraordinaire !

Joli portrait Michael, j'aime beaucoup.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-28 9:26]

Lovely pose for this duck. Great details.

bonjour Michae

c'est une superbe photo de ce canard branchu
avec de superbes couleurs et bien cadré




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