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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-11 10:22
Viewed: 2358
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha) also known as the Spotbill, is a dabbling duck which breeds in tropical and eastern Asia. It has three subspecies: the Indian Spot-billed Duck (A. poecilorhyncha poecilorhyncha), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (A. poecilorhyncha zonorhyncha), and Burmese Spot-billed Duck (A. poecilorhyncha haringtoni).

This duck is resident in the southern part of its range from Pakistan and India to southern Japan, but the northern subspecies, the Eastern Spot-billed Duck (A. p. zonorhyncha), is migratory, wintering in Southeast Asia. It is quite gregarious outside the breeding season and forms small flocks. The northernmost populations have expanded their range northwards by more than 500 km since the early 20th century, possibly in reaction to global warming.

This duck is around the same size as a Mallard. It measures 55–63 cm (22–25 in) in length and 83–95 cm (33–37 in) across the wings, with a body mass of 790–1,500 g (1.7–3.3 lb). These are mainly grey ducks with a paler head and neck and a black bill tipped bright yellow. The wings are whitish with black flight feathers below, and from above show a white-bordered green speculum and white tertials. The male has a red spot on the base of the bill, which is absent or inconspicuous in the smaller but otherwise similar female. Juveniles are browner and duller than adults.

The Eastern Spot-billed Duck is darker and browner; its body plumage is more similar to the Pacific Black Duck. It lacks the red bill spot, and has a blue speculum.

It is a bird of freshwater lakes and marshes in fairly open country and feeds by dabbling for plant food mainly in the evening or at night. It nests on the ground in vegetation near water, and lays 8-14 eggs.

Both the male and female have calls similar to the Mallard.

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Fine capture of this beautiful Gadwall in front. Lovely peaceful scene with incredible clarity and awesome warm light. Bravo Marius, very pleasant shot in my opinion!
George Veltchev

Ciao Marius, lovely couple in a beautiful composition,. fantastic golden reflections, I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-11 10:57]

Buna Marius,
O fotografie foarte buna despre aceste doua specii, numai ca lumina este cam multa, nu folositi la masurarea luminii, spot? Numai bine,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-11 11:07]

Hello Marius.
Excellent capture of this Gadwall. Great composition, sharpness of details and natural colours. Lighting is very successful and I like reflections on the water.Best regards Siggi

Buna Marius,
Foarte frumoasa imaginea cu aceste 2 specii de apa. Lumina calda si detaliile ratei imi plac in mod deosebit.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-11 11:27]

Superba captura cu aceasta specie, eu nu reusesc sa ma apropii de nici o rata in zona mea
Numai bine

helo marius,

this are an beautiful duck you have been captured.
Goo pov, sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


Salut Marius,
Frumos, frumos. Vroiam sa te intreb mai demult. Cum te impaci cu obiectivul pe D300?

Ciao Marius. What fascintating warm light here. Details and sharp are perfect.


hello Marius
beautiful duck with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-11 12:47]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of this Gadwall in very beautiful light and colours. Great sharpness, details and taken from a very good low POV. Superb DOF. Nice reflection and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6507 W: 89 N: 15620] (65341)
  • [2010-11-11 13:55]

Hi Marius,what a beautiful and warm light in this pic,and what a perfect focus and details on the bird,very nice reflections and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Good Morning Marius,

You've captured a very elegant composition here. The reflections and the lighting effect on water surface just incredible.
TFS and have a nice day!


Salut Marius
Am apreciat mereu acest pov pentru pasarile de balta. POate si pentru ca nici o data nu am incercat.
Numai bine

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-12 6:02]

Hello Marius,
well presented shot with the two so well seen in good details.
Pleasant reflection and sharpness is outstandingly presented.
Well seen in golden light.


Bonjour Marius,
Il me semble que la lumière est un tout petit peu trop forte mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Marius.
Such a joy to be watching them swimming under the golden light. The details are so good and vibrant with the eye really pops. The plumage is in vivid details and thanks for sharing. Best regards - Jusni

Hello Marius, very beautiful imagine , details, light and sharpness fantastic, interesting subject and notes. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Hola Marius

Bonita pareja vista a ras de agua, composición y colores naturales estupendos, con reflejos bonitos. Una imagen muy buena.

Un saludo de Antonio

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