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Woody Take-off

Woody Take-off
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-03 9:31
Viewed: 2903
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wood Duck - Male wood ducks have a crested head that is iridescent green and purple with a white stripe leading from the eye to the end of the crest, and another narrower white stripe from the base of the bill to the tip of the crest. The throat is white and the chest is burgundy with white flecks, gradually grading into a white belly. The bill is brightly patterned black, white and red. The legs and feet are a dull straw yellow and the iris is red. The male call is a thin, high, rising "jeeeeee." Female wood ducks have a gray-brown head and neck with a brownish, green, glossed crest. A white teardrop shaped patch surrounds the brownish-black eye. The throat is white and the breast is gray-brown stippled with white, fading into the white belly. The back is olive brown with a shimmer of iridescent green. The bill is blue-gray and the legs and feet are dull grayish-yellow. Females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, "oo-eek," when flushed, and a sharp "cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek" for an alarm call.

Wood ducks breed across most of the central and eastern United States, southeastern Canada and along the Pacific coast from California to British Columbia. The highest breeding densities occur in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. In recent decades, the breeding range has expanded westward into the Great Plains region following development of wooded riparian corridors. Wood ducks prefer riparian habitats, wooded swamps and freshwater marshes. Females nest in tree cavities or nest boxes and lay an average of 12 bone-white eggs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-03 9:34]

Hi Bill,what a timing to take so perfectly the take-off of this duck!! A magnificent moment and a spectacular capture whit excellent details despite the quick mouvement,great colors and nice background too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Bill,
very interesting photo of this bird. Great sharpness and details of this bird in flying.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-03 11:53]

Hello Bill,
This is definitely one of the most colorful and beautiful looking ducks we have living here in Ohio. A great shot showing wonderful action and gorgeous natural coloration.

Ciao Bill, great take off of lovely duck, beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, splendid details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Bill
Impressive photo with very good composition and wonderful colors.

Hello Bill,
Incredible focus. Lovely species of duck. Nice details, very good and natural colors. Excellent image in all aspects.
I have rarely seen such a superb light and colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-04 12:49]

Hello Bill,
A photo of this Wood Duck in beautiful bright colours, nice sharpness and a very good composition.

Hi Bill,
Excellent action shot with beautiful colours. Sharpness, detail and POV is perfect in contrast to the variation of water colours. Magical work my friend.
Best regards,

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