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Mother and Duckling

Mother and Duckling
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-400, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Family Matters 3, TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-13 2:26
Viewed: 3175
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Mallard Mum and duckling.

I hope you like it!

Latin name
Anas platyrhynchos

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

The mallard is a large and heavy looking duck. It has a long body and a long and broad bill. The male has a dark green head, a yellow bill, is mainly purple-brown on the breast and grey on the body. The female is mainly brown with an orange bill. It breeds in all parts of the UK in summer and winter, wherever there are suitable wetland habitats, although it is scarcer in upland areas. Mallards in the UK may be resident breeders or migrants - many of the birds that breed in Iceland and northern Europe spend the winter here.

Where to see them
It is the commonest duck and most widespread so you have a chance of seeing it just about anywhere where there is suitable wetland habitat, even in urban areas.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Seeds, acorns and berries, plants, insects and shellfish.


taba, LordPotty, jconceicao, angela926, matatur, eqshannon, eng55, jaycee, Maite, Jamesp, Adanac, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-11-13 2:30]

Hi Joe

what a nice capture and I really like the composition (or crop) you did.
good sharpness and light, that demonstrate a fine details..

well done.



Hello Joe,
Good exposure,natural colour,DOF and good compositon make this another perfect image.
We have a lot of ducks around the coast.
We often see them on our stream and sitting in our back garden.
They also sit on the grass verge by the road and are a common sight on roadsides or crossing the road in various parts of town.
Great capture.

Hello Joe,

Splendid capture.
Good focus and sharpness.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Lighting and composition are fantastic.

very very good!!

like the tight crop.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-13 4:39]

Hi Joe,

A nice colorfull and sharp presentation,you cropped this one in a different but nice way,thanks for sharing


Hello Joe,
Very lovely capture of mother and chick, excellent composition and good low pov, nice sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors, good clarity, fantastic details and very nice catchlight. wonderful job.

Merhaba Joe,
Today you've presented us with a lovely "mother and child" composition in fine focus, exposure and good taste. TFS this fine image my friend. I "cooled" the colours a little in my WS, hope it won't be too offensive for you...

HA! this is a classic Joey...where were they? In your swimming pool:-) the water looks pretty clean with mild e-coli or some such perhaps:-) It is a classic sir!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-13 9:27]

Hi Joe,
Crisp clear capture.POV,details,colors,framing and cuteness factor are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-13 10:19]

Hi Joe,

How could anyone not love this mother and duckling?? Momma is beautiful and baby is adorable. As always, you show them off perfectly with wonderful colors and razor sharp details. I love their eyes!!!


Ciao Joe, nice capture of lovely family with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-13 13:12]

Hello Joe,
Wonderful DOF in this photo. Great sharpness and details in beautiful soft colours and light. Good composition / crop and POV.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-13 14:00]

How cute!!! I love the scene that you captured in this marvellous picture, Joe!! A great picture in all parameters as ever.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Joe,
Very cute picture of Mallard family life with good POV and composition, pin sharp details and nice colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15610] (65303)
  • [2008-11-13 14:57]

Hi Joe,a very tender pic,great sitation perfectly taken,no comment about the quality always at the top,just my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-13 22:13]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding shot of this mother and child with immaculate sharpness, colours and details on its plumage. Superb illumination and the poses are so special here. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-13 23:19]

Hi joe

Nice composition - good V - combined with good detail.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-14 10:09]

Hello Joe , Ah Sweet one , very nice photo good details compositie I like it ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-14 17:49]

Hi Joe,
A touching composition of this pair. The eye details in both are exquisite and the colors are very natural. Great work my friend.

Hello Joe

Truthfully first word out of my mouth.
This is a superb Mummy duck with duckling shot.
Excellent focus,detail,and POV.
Nicely composed in the frame.


This is an creative, uncommon crop for this subject. I like it a lot. Technically it looks very well managed. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Un joli duo bien cadré.
Bonne journée.

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