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Gadwall


Gadwall
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5115 W: 166 N: 13091] (48965)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC RW10 iii, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-02-11 7:31
Viewed: 87
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first posting with my new camera. A camera without all the lenses, but a zoom to 600 mm.

The Gadwall (Anas strepera) is a common and widespread duck of the family Anatidae.

Systematics
The Gadwall was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 in his Systema naturae, under its current scientific name. DNA studies have shown that it is a sister species with the falcated duck, and that these two are closely related to the wigeons.

There two subspecies:
• A. s. strepera, described by Linnaeus, is the nominate subspecies.
• A. s. couesi, Coues' Gadwall, extinct circa 1874, was formerly found on Teraina, a coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
The etymology of the word gadwall is not known, but the name has been in use since 1666.

Distribution
The Gadwall breeds in the northern areas of Europe and Asia, and central North America. The range of this bird appears to be expanding into eastern North America. This dabbling duck is strongly migratory, and winters farther south than its breeding range, from coastal Alaska, south into Central America, and east into Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, Virginia, and then south all the way into Central America. Its conservation status is Least Concern.

Behaviour
The Gadwall is a bird of open wetlands, such as prairie or steppe lakes, wet grassland or marshes with dense fringing vegetation, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food with head submerged. It nests on the ground, often some distance from water. It is not as gregarious as some dabbling ducks outside the breeding season and tends to form only small flocks. This is a fairly quiet species; the male has a hoarse whistling call, and the female has a Mallard-like quack. The young birds are fed insects at first; adults also eat some molluscs and insects during the nesting season. The Gadwall is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
Nice to see you again, welcome back! I love the Sony ultacompact cameras, this one seems superb also. Perfect exposure and awesome details, nice moirée effect on the plumage, under the neck. Beautiful composition, exposure and sharpness, and the ringlets around the duck is pretty neat. Very elegant, congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6296 W: 89 N: 15429] (64593)
  • [2019-02-11 14:59]

Hi Peter,a Sony for you too now,an excellent choice,not a lot of lens but one is enough to take macro and far birds too,i agree with you for this new camera! And the first pic is excellent,very good details on the duck and bright reflections,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 326 W: 12 N: 88] (9133)
  • [2019-02-11 20:16]

Hi, the perfect choice for wild life photos, me study much about and my hard luck this was not available here. The one inch sensor has it's own charm, hope to see more beautiful posts in future.
Well exposed and composed nice framed.

Amazing point-and-shoot Sony camera with a zoom of 600mm, Peter! That's a very convenient piece of equipment and the picture taken with it is just marvellous technically as well as aesthetically.
Wonderful framing and immaculate details.
Regards.
Ram

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 429] (8327)
  • [2019-02-12 6:24]

beautiful..

Hallo Peter
Mooie foto van deze Krakeend met mooie tekening die goed te zien is
gr lou

Hello Peter,
Nice image with excellent details and colors.
Marius.

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