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Krakeend (Anas strepera)

Krakeend (Anas strepera)
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, Digital ISO 320, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-10 18:01
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Points: 10
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. strepera
Binomial name: Anas strepera

The Gadwall, Anas strepera is a common and widespread duck of the family Anatidae. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name. Its conservation status is Least Concern

The Gadwall is 4656 cm (1822 in) long with a 7890 cm (3135 in) wingspan. The male is slightly larger than the female, weighing on average 990 g (35 oz) against her 850 g (30 oz). The breeding male is patterned grey, with a black rear end, light chestnut wings, and a brilliant white speculum, obvious in flight or at rest. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female, but retains the male wing pattern, and is usually greyer above and has less orange on the bill.

The female is light brown, with plumage much like a female Mallard. It can be distinguished from that species by the dark orange-edged bill, smaller size, the white speculum, and white belly. Both sexes go through two moults annually, following a a juvenile moult.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadwall

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Hello Thijs
very beautiful duck species. recently I saw and took them twice. You captured both of its female and male together, with a great shot. focus, POV and composition great as like lighting and colors. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-11 7:17]

Hallo Thijs,
Mooie scherpe foto van deze Krakeenden in natuurlijke kleuren met een prachtige blauwe lucht als achtergrond. Goede compositie.

Again a good action picture from that 50-500! you hands must be still as a statue :-). Excellent compostion Thijs, I love the lighting and colors here.
How far is summer in NL? and any plans to visit Switzerland this summer?

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-03-16 13:04]

Apart soort eenden. Mooie compositie en een prachtige in actie-foto.
Prachtige blauwe lucht als achtergrond, maar misschien net is teveel ingezoemd.
groetjes Paula

Hallo Thijs,

mooie opname van deze vliegende Krakeenden.
Prima van scherpte en mooie kleuren.
Zie ze zelden.


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