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"I am not a Mallard but..."

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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 0:14
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Points: 42
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"I am not a Mallard but..."
An American Widgeon II
Anas Americana

Physical Description: In alternate plumage adult males have a white crown and forehead and a broad, dark green patch surrounding the eye and nape. The bill is blue-gray with a black tip. The rest of the neck, face and upper back is buffy white with heavy black speckling. The breast and flanks are reddish brown with a bright white underbelly. Upperwing-coverts are white so that there is a large white patch when wings are extended. In alternate plumage adult females have a brownish black crown, streaked with creamy white. The bill is grayish with a black tip. The rest of the head and neck is white with heavy streaking and the back is grayish brown with light barring.
Flanks are reddish brown and the belly is white. The white wing patch is poorly defined in the female. In basic plumage adult males resemble females but may have slightly brighter sides and flanks.
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Taken with the Canon S1-IS (like my preceding post) at the Botanical Garden last March. We had a marvellous Spring, a Summer which passed too quickly and the Autumn which we live at present is surely gloomiest that we had lived. The sun plays hide-and-seek and it is well hidden ;-)
Thank you for looking at him (the widgeon).

ellis49, TAZ, dew77, Janice, hummingbird24, scottevers7, livios, marhowie, sAner, wallhalla15, red45, cecilia, glazzaro, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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To manyee: I dig in my archives...Luc 3 10-26 04:33
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Hi Luc,
It's a great portrait of a beautiful duck.
The colours are amazing wiht the light blue beak and the green in the head. The details and the POV are very good.
Great work, MYB.

Bonjour Luc!
This is a beauty! The details are so sharp, and a wonderful POV. You took that with your S1?
Great job, mon ami, et merci pour le partage. : )

Hi Luc,
Very nice portrait!
Great details and colours.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-26 2:26]

Hello Luc!
Wonderful capture.Details,POV,sharpness,clear eyes,BG and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-26 3:30]
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Joli portrait ! Je ne connaissais pas cette espèce de canard au bec blanc. J'aime bien les goutelettes sur le beau plumage.
Compliments Luc, mais pas à genoux, j'ai encore mal ;-)

Hi Luc

Sorry for the quick critique, but my time is limited today. Great work here. Nice POV. Good sharpness and detail. Great work. Thanks.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-26 5:41]

Bonsoir Luc. C'est une photo SUPERBE, je l'aime beaucoup. Ah oui! I like it very much indeed.
I haven't seen these ducks before Luc, I don't think they are in NZ.
What an unusual looking fellow, I like his tiny feather patterns and his white patches, especially his beak. It is a good composition with you looking over his shoulder. And I especially like the tiny water drops on his head and face. Well shown, it's a good job...
Kia ora to you, Janice

Hi Luc,
An excellent portrait of this Widgeon. Beautiful colors and markings on this bird. Very sharp deail, and a great notes.

Hello Luc,

A very interesting POV in this lovely shot.

I nearly get the sense of seeing the world from a widgeon's vantage point here.

Sharp details, colors, nice catchlight in the eye, and (dew you mind if I call them dew) drops on the head? ;-)

Thank you for sharing your photos, and the enjoyment which they give us.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-26 10:26]

Luc, how nice this is.

The droplets add a lot to the picture.

Besides, excellent composition, pov and sharpness.

I like bg too.

Stunning details upon the feather.


Very good POV, detail, light and color Luc. Nice catchlight also. Well done my friend.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-26 12:22]

Hi Luc!

This is a lovely portrait. Very close and very good details. Nice colors, superb pov and excellent composition. Well done & TFS!


Nice shot Luc,
The drips on his head are a nice touch. Good detail, sharpness and POV.
Thanks for posting.

Luc, that´s another fine capture. Excellent portrait shot. Great colours/lighting, perfect POV and excellent sharpness. As always, a great note too. Perfect work, very well done.

Great capture Luc! I can even see water drops on his head with stunning clarity.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-26 17:17]

Fantastic close-up Luc! I love green shades on bird's head and little droplets of water. Agree with you - summer passed too quckly for sure!

Excellent shot,fabulous detail and comp.
Nice iridescent (green)colour as well.

great shot. I like the sharpness and the water drops on it and the angle of it's head.


Nice portrait shot, solid detail and good eye contact.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-27 2:07]

Hi Luc,
very nice portrait. Good note. I like the colours and sharpness.Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Very impressive capture, Luc. Nice and close with lovely colors and details. Nice one.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-01 19:55]

Hi Luc.
Great close up,nice details and colors,excellent composition, good work.

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