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Ring - Necked Duck

Ring - Necked Duck
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Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-28 22:45
Viewed: 2992
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Male Ring Necked Duck. I was watching him dive for food in a small pond at the Ridgefield wildlife refuge. I posted another picture in the workshop of him showing me that he had enough pictures.

The adult male is similar in color pattern to the Eurasian Tufted Duck, its relative. It has a grey bill with a white band, a shiny purple head, a white breast, yellow eyes and a dark grey back. The adult female has a pale brown head and body with a dark brown back, a dark bill with a more subtle light band than the male and brown eyes. The cinnamon neck ring is usually difficult to observe.

Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes or ponds in the northern United States and Canada. They overwinter in southern North America, usually in lakes, ponds, rivers or bays. This strong migrant is a rare but regular vagrant to western Europe. Vagrant individuals also occur each year in Central America as far south as Costa Rica between October/November and May/June.

These birds feed mainly by diving. They eat aquatic plants as well as some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish.

The nest is bowl-shaped, built with aquatic vegetation and lined with down, in a dry location near open water. The female lays 8 to 10 eggs and may remain with the young until they are able to fly.
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Hi Tom,

Good of sharpness thes duck, beautiful colors and bird.
I've never seen these specie in the wild of an zoo.

Regards Gert

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-29 1:54]

Hello Tom,
Beautiful photo of this Ring-necked Duck in good sharpness. Great colours, POV and DOF. Nice reflection in the water.

Hi Tom,

Very good picture with sharp details and good colours.



Another interesting little creature. There's something delightfully funny about these ducks.
A wonderful clean shot...nice reflection. I don't know why but I love the reflection photos. :)

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