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Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-15 12:42
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From my recent vacation in Italy.

Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea

Iím not sure if this is a vagrant or an escapee. It was part of a small flock of Mallards on the Lake of Fimon, a rather remote place south of Vicenza.
Thanks to Maurizio Dalla Via (MAURYDV) and Angelo Nardo (NARDOPHOTO) for advices, with my regrets that I could not meet them.

"Although becoming quite rare in southeast Europe and southern Spain, the Ruddy Shelduck is still common across much of its Asian range. It may be this population which gives rise to vagrants as far west as Iceland, Great Britain and Ireland. However, since the European population is declining, it is likely that most occurrences in western Europe in recent decades are escapes or feral birds. Although this bird is observed in the wild from time to time in eastern North America, no evidence of a genuine vagrant has been found.

This is a bird of open country, and it will breed on cliffs,[1] in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days. The Ruddy Shelduck is usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks. However, moulting and wintering gatherings on chosen lakes or slow rivers can be very large."
(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Buna Mario,
Frumoasa aceasta rata fotogenica ce are culori placute, detalii bune, claritate deosebita si un POV excelent. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-15 12:53]

Hello Mario,
Perfect photo of this Ruddy Shelduck. It doesn't live in the wild in Italy, so I think it's an escaped one. Nothing to criticize. The most beautiful photo of this species I've ever seen.

Ciao Mario,

A very beautiful capture!
Color, detail and sharpness are very good.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-16 6:12]

Hello Mario
That is an excellent closed up.Sharp image with great plumage detail.Beautiful natural colors and great reflextion on the water.
TFS Michel

Wecome back, Mario.! Beautiful photo. I like the reflections in the water. A very sharp image and nice detail. TFS
Best regards,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-17 10:11]

Hi Mario,

The colors of this duck are incredible! I hve never seen it before. Sharpness and pose of the duck are superb.


Hallo Mario
Now this is what I call a peaceful and most serene scenery captured. Wow! What a pretty sight, and what an eye? The black polka dot eye looks like a button and the beak looks like it have been waxed with shoe polish. The tones of golden brown in the plumage is very eye-catching. The detail of the duck as well as the detail of the movement and colour of the water is really spectacular. I would love to see all these birds you are able to capture, it must really be a feast. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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