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Mr. Rainbow portrait

Mr. Rainbow portrait
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-27 15:38
Viewed: 3807
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa is a medium-sized perching duck. An typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.

The adult male has distinctive multi-coloured iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Their personality is however somewhat shy and skittish.

Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behavior known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.(wikipedia.com)

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wow! an incredible shot. the colors are so vivid and beautiful. the note is very informative.thanks for sharing.

Hi Mircea,
Wonderful picture!
Fantastic coloration and details.
Very well exposed; pleasant visual.
Congratulations for the excelente work!
José Roberto

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-27 17:34]

Salut Mircea,
SUPERBES COULEURS!!! Excellent détails. La goutte qui tombe est un petit plus à cette excellent close-up!


Olá Mircea

LINDA fotografia.
Cores excelentes e detalhes incríveis...como o olho vermelho por exemplo.;)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-11-27 23:28]

Hello Mircea,

What a nice macro shot, excellent captured and nice presentation with a great quality, nice placed in the corner.

Best regards,

Really awesome. I just love this portrait. You chose the correct and most appropriate title.
Such a lovely combination of colours. Detail is bright and warm. Looking at this Wood Duck gave me goose bumps. A truly and exceptionally good photo. I’ll add it to my favourites.
Congratulations and well done.
Kind regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-28 3:52]

Magnificent shot of this beautiful bird.
The way you've captured that falling droplet is incredible.
Just amazing...

Very well done,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-28 11:53]

Hello Mircea,
The colours of this rainbow duck are amazing. The details are perfect and just a good composition. Very good focus and POV.

Hi Superb colors, I love the POV as well, the water drops from its beak and the colors of those eyes are excellent.
Goutham R

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-30 5:06]

Hi Mircea,
Colors on the plumage look great. Good POV, composition and light.. I liked that water drop on the beak. TFS
Best wishes,

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