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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-23 7:03
Viewed: 3014
Points: 24
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Hello dear TN-friends, I just want to say
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I'm not posting at the time but I pop in now and then.
This picture , The flyingDrake, is one of the first I posted here, 2004 and maybe some oldtimers remember it.
It's taken with a Canon 20d and a Sigma 70-200.

I can also say "Feliz Navidad" beacuse this winter we wintering in a small Spanish town called Almunecar on tropical coast in south Spain.

I think you know most about the Mallard but here si some info from Wikipedia.

The mallard (/ˈmlɑrd/ or /ˈmlərd/) or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the Falkland Islands and South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae.

The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black speculum feathers which commonly also include iridescent blue feathers especially among males. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are social animals preferring to congregate in groups or flocks of varying sizes. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-23 10:20]

Hi Gert,a great shot from your archive for a beautiful and original Christmas postcard! What a timing and what a impressive sharpness depsite the very fast mouvement,and the colors too are very very bright,i like it ! I wish you a Merry Christmas me too and thanks for share,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-12-23 10:40]

Hi Gert,
Nice colours and details,perfect capture of flying drake.
Merry Christmas for you and your family
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-12-23 11:52]

Hello Gert,
Great to see a new posting from you. Fantastic quality! What a beauty!
Merry Christmas to you and your family,

Ciao Gert, great capture of fantastic in-flight mallard, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016, ciao Silvio

Hello Gert

Yes when in early spring 2007 I was new member of TN, I was amazed of your
duck in-flight photos, great shot, superbly focused, with great sharpness, and details,
also for you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-12-23 15:58]

Hello Gert,
You better believe I remember this shot...it was my favorite from the first time I saw it. If I'm not mistaken it was featured on your intro page. I would occasionally go back and look at it just trying to imagine how I would feel if I could someday capture such an image. No need to critique it as it is still as special to me today as it was back then.
"Merry Christmas" Gert, and have a "Happy New Year"

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas to you too, Gert!
As usual, your images set a standard apart and this picture of a male Mallard is no exception.
Thanks and keep coming back.

very smooth ... like a Tennessee Whiskey friend Gert .. Merry Christmas my old friend :)
George Veltchev

Hello Gert,
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
Amazing capture as usual with such exceptional clarity and precise focus.

Hello Gert,


Beautiful presentation....

Hi Gert,
I remember you deleted a lot of great photos from your gallery a few years ago, so I regard this one... Probably some more come back, too. Beautiful shot, probably with 1/2000 the mallard's body and plumage might be sharper, but the composition's breathtaking.
Have a nice festive season, and I hope you return to the site fully, with both new and old pics. Kind regards from the Emerald Isle, Lszl

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2016-01-09 6:24]

Hi, dear Gert, my coeval.
I remember this picture perfectly. It is impossible to forget it. I have not such pictures in my collection until now. Warm wishes in New Year.
Yours Alexei.

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