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Copyright: Marcin Pakulski (marcin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 15:07
Viewed: 3174
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
The Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) is a medium-sized sea duck. Adults have white underparts. The male has a long pointed tail and a dark bill lighter near the tip. In winter, the male has a dark cheek patch on a mainly white head and neck, a dark breast and mostly white body. In summer, the male is dark on the head, neck and back with a white cheek patch. The female has a brown back and a relatively short pointed tail. In winter, the female's head and neck are white with a dark crown. In summer, the head is dark.

Their breeding habitat is cold northern oceans and large lakes in the North Atlantic region, Alaska, northern Canada, northern Europe and Russia. The nest is located on the ground near water; it is built using vegetation and lined with down.

They are migratory and winter along the eastern and western coasts of North America, on the Great Lakes, coastal Europe and Asia. This is a gregarious duck, and will form large flocks at that time of year. The most important wintering area is the Baltic Sea, where a total of about 4.5 million gather.

They feed by diving, swimming underwater. They mainly eat mollusks, crustaceans and some small fish. Although they usually feed close to the surface, they are capable of diving to depths of 60m (200 feet)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-03 15:33]

Hello Marcin,
This a fine close-up portrait of the Long-tailed Duck, if not a little dark. It is well focused and well presented.
It is time for me to look out for it near my home in S. Sweden.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-03 15:34]

Hi Marcin

I just love this portrait shot, very nice composition and a fabulous POV, the details are nice and sharp and the colours are lovely, I really like the lighting in the BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

wszystko na tak i to nie ze brat..\]

piekny portret

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-03 16:36]

Hi Marcin,
Great portrait, also nice coloured background.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Marcin,
I like a lot the backlight ilumination used in the pic, it gives a very interesting effect.
The brown background works pretty well, and it gets the best of the duk.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-03 21:53]

Hello Marcin

A very good portrait of this duck.The lighting is well handled and the POV and DOF are excellent.Very good detail and sharpness in the head and plumage.I like the back lighting .TFS


Hi Marcin

Good behind POV for this shot. Good sharp details. The eye is very clear. TFS.

Hello Marcin,
This is a wonderful portrait of this little duck that I didn't know about :-) I like those details and very natural colors and lightning. Great POV and beautiful BG. This is well done! TFS,

Hi Marcin,
Good portrait.
Moody...beautiful duck .

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-04 15:18]

Bella, íntima y estética presentación Marcin con agudeza, suaves tonos en contraposición con el intenso y difuso fondo y un encuadre ideal.
Gran composición, sin dudas... gracias por compartirla.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Beautiful, intimate and aesthetic presentation Marcin with sharpness, soft tones in opposition with the intense and diffuse bottom and an ideal framing.
Great composition, without doubts... thank you for sharing.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-05 2:35]

Hello Marcin,
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition with a fantastic light !
Nice work,very well done.

Hi, Marcin.
Well composed portrait on nice BG. Good sharp eye.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-08 17:06]

This shot is absalutely beautiful. Backlit, yet great sharpness, details, and color. I love the creamy background and the POV of this duck.

hi marcin!
nice portrait of a fine bird!
sharp with beautiful background
well composed to

Cześć Marcinie!

Ta lodóweczka też Ci pieknie wyszła. Doskonały portrecik. Wprawdzie te ptaki nie są bardzo płochliwe, ale aż o takie zbliżenie nie jest łatwo. Jakim szkiełkiem i przy jakiej ogniskowej robiłeś?


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