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*Hiding between the wings*

*Hiding between the wings*
Photo Information
Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-06 9:48
Viewed: 3642
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Finally, nice weather outside, time to have fun with the cam and lens.

The often shown and well-known Mallard landing on
the rhine...and even at 1/1250 still not completely sharp.


Actually i wanted to "celebrate" my 3 years on TN
last week, but i was taken ill and could not upload
something nice, so it is business as usual.
with a big thank you to all the friends and founders
of this great site. :-)


The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the
best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a
dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and
sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New
Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck
species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the
northern parts of its breeding range, and winters
farther south. For example, in North America it winters
south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central
America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The mallard is 56–65 cm long, has a wingspan of 81–98
cm, and weighs seven to eight pounds. The breeding male
is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a
yellow bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark
brown bill in females). The female Mallard is light
brown, like most female dabbling ducks. However, both
the female and male Mallards have distinct purple
speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at
rest (though temporarily shedded during the annual
summer molt). In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage the
drake becomes drab, looking more like the female, but
still distinguishable by its yellow bill and reddish

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 06.05.2008 09:08:35
Aufnahmemodus Manuelle Belichtung
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/1250
Av (Blendenzahl) 7.1
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 320
Objektiv EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Brennweite 400.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart AI Servo AF
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 1:Automatisch
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Eingeschaltet
Tonwert Priorität 1:Eingeschaltet
Dateigröße 2749 KB
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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Hello Thorsten!
You've captured interesting moment- sharp and clear. Duck look funny with only bill visible. Nice wing shape, great colours.

  • Great 
  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-06 10:21]

fantastic picture..caught at the right moment

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-06 10:37]

Hi Thorsten
You've captured interesting moment- sharp and clear of duck
have a nice day

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-06 11:16]

Hi Thorsten,

A nice capture of this landing,pity you were not a bit faster so that the head was visible,anyway I like it and it looks sharp enough on my screen,thanks


Hi Thorsten
I like the vibrant colours and nice detail in the wings on this one. I like the way his feet are braced for landing.

Hello Thor,
I've just had a quick look through your gallery and this picture really grabbed my attention. This is such a cool shot!
Love the pose! The fact that the head isn't visible doesn't matter to me at all. The slightly open beak emerging from under the wings makes this photo quite funny. The quality is good enough though the focus is a little too soft in places.
Anyway, lovely job on this one!

Hi Thorsten,
Firstly I would like to say what a wonderful city you live in, unfortunately my stay was short.
Great timing of this mallard with " flaps down" and in for landing.Nice sharp image and good defnition of the subject. Great shot and TFS.

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