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Copyright: Dorota Mazurowska (blue-velvet29) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 53 N: 165] (912)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-15
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/45 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-05 14:38
Viewed: 3445
Points: 10
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The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), also known in North America as the Wild Duck, is a common and widespread dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. It also frequents Central America and the Caribbean. It is probably the best-known of all ducks.

This dabbling duck is 56-65 cm length, with a 81–98 cm wingspan, and weighs 750–1000 g. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks.

The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a blue speculum edged with white, obvious in flight or at rest. Males also possess a yellow bill with a black tip, whereas females have a dark brown bill.

The females are light brown, with plumage much like most female dabbling ducks. They can be distinguished from other ducks, by the distinctive speculum. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.

It is a bird of most wetlands, including parks, small ponds and rivers, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing. It nests usually on a river bank, but not always particularly near water.

This is a noisy species. The male has a nasal call, whereas the female has the very familiar "quack" always associated with ducks.

Mallards frequently interbreed with the American Black Duck, Northern Pintail and domesticated species, leading to various hybrids. A Mallard has been recorded as living for 29 years.

The Greenland subspecies of the Mallard is one of the rare examples of both Allen's Rule and Bergmann's Rule in birds. Bergmann's Rule—polar subspecies/species tend to be larger than related ones from warmer climates—has numerous examples in birds. Examples of Allen's Rule—appendages like ears tend to be smaller in polar subspecies/species to minimize heat loss and large in tropical and desert equivalents to facilitate heat diffusion, and the polar taxa are stockier overall—are rare, as birds don't have ears. However, the bill of ducks is very well supplied with blood vessels and vulnerable to cold. Thus, the Greenland Mallard, although considerably larger than the nominate subspecies, has a smaller bill and is stockier.

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Hello Dorota and welcome to TN. You have good exposure, sharpness & detail. If I could give some constructive criticism? It would be better here if the birds eyes & face could be seen. The composition is just a bit crowded, with the decks corner too close to your subject, in my opinion. Hope I wasn't too hard on you :-) TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-06 8:33]

Hello Dorota!
I liked your work.Colors,sharpness,details and
framing are wonderful.I'm agree with Howard about
the POV.Welcome on TN and thanks for sharing....:-)

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2006-02-06 11:24]

Witaj Dorotko,
Wspaniała jako¶ć tego kadru to jego najwiekszy atut. Ostro¶ć i klarowno¶ć wody sprawiaj± wrażenie, ze wszystko to dzieje się na żywo.... Piękny kadr, wspaniałe kolory o nasyceniu, jakie nieczęsto daje się uzyskać.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

I had a pet mallard before, so freindly and sweet! Ducks have personality! Nice shot!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-16 23:12]

Hi Dorota
Interesting composition and full of absorbing details. Although the duck showed us his back side, it does not bother me too much in this photo (although Howard (marhowie) is perfectly right with his advise to you).
What interested me was the fact that the branch to the left of the duck actually has the exact colour and texture as the duck itself. Also the inclusion of the branch on the right with the little plant growing on it. The only nit would be the deck that is very prominent and disturbing.
Well done and TFS.

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