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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-23 20:42
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Points: 8
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this is my second post on a Mallard Duck (male). had to. just felt like sharing this.. kind of.. royal gesture :)

no, the bird didn't pose for me. he had no idea that i was up to him. he was simply gliding.. as if.. smoothly floating.. in the lake. it was sunset time and golden sunlight was there.

Mallard Ducks are Wild Ducks, and belong to the family 'Anatidae'. Mallards prefer calm, shallow sanctuaries, but can be found in almost any body of freshwater across Asia, Europe, and North America. they’re also found in saltwater and brackish water and are commonly found in wetlands.

Mallard Ducks are strong fliers. migrating flocks of Mallards have been estimated traveling at 55 miles per hour!

the standard duck’s quack is the sound of a female Mallard. males don’t quack; they make a quieter, rasping sound.

information courtesy:
National Geographic
All About Birds

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Ciao Rudy.
Splendida immagine di questo germano reale con ottimi colori naturali ,bene la gestione della luce complimenti per l’ottima nitidezza.
Ciao Marco.

Fine image .. I Liked the ripples around the duck and that adds value to the image . Do you have a picture with the complete reflection of the duck ?

Ciao Ruby, great capture of lovely Mallard Duck, beautiful pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby,
A perfectly posed drake Mallard, shown very nicely with all it's pretty colors and markings easily seen. Even thyough this is a very common duck here in the States, I still look upon it with wonder and awe. It has such a beautiful plumage and is always ready to display it with pride.
Love the way it has it's wings raised just a little so you can easily see his tiny curled tail feathers. The ring of rippled water surrounding him adds much to the overall attraction of the scene.
We are still in Oklahoma and will be leaving for Costa Rica in the morning. Not sure if I will have access to a computer while there.

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