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Ring Necked Duck

Ring Necked Duck
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Copyright: Jeff Otterstad (mojobrewing) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 15] (203)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II APO EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-19 22:07
Viewed: 2935
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge experience.
The Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) is a smaller diving duck from North America.

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[1].

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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Nice picture, the colors and the exposure is spot on, but i feel more space towards the right and less towards the left would have made this picture look much better. The refection is an added plus as well.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-03-20 0:38]

hi Jeff , mostly this is a good image , color and sharpness are great , a nice clear reflection , and a nice subject. I do agree that the composition is having too much space behind the duck , and not enough in front. it makes the image look as though the duck is leaving the scene , rather than entering it


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-20 19:23]

Hello Jeff,
A perfect capture of this drake Ring-necked Duck. Excellent detail with fantastic colors and wonderful composition!! Very informative notes!! TFS.

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