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Female Carolina Wood Duck

Female Carolina Wood Duck
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 1:40
Viewed: 4827
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wood duck Aix sponsa
Identification Tips:
• Length: 13.5 inches Wingspan: 28 inches
• A medium-sized duck with a long crest on head
• Long-winged and long-tailed
• Blue-green speculum with white rear border
Adult male alternate:
• Alternate plumage worn from Fall-through early summer
• Red bill
• Red eye
• Green head
• Striking white stripes about face and crest with a large white throat patch and "fingerlike" extensions onto cheek and neck
• Chestnut breast and neck with vertical white stripe at lower margin
• Golden flanks bordered above by a white flank stripe
• White belly
• Iridescent dark green-blue back and wings
Adult male basic:
• In basic plumage, the male resembles the female, but often retains the distinctive neck patch and red bill
Adult female:
• Gray bill
• White teardrop shaped patch around eye
• White throat
• Gray-brown head and neck
• Gray-brown breast stippled with white and fading to a white belly
• Dark brown back
Juvenal plumage:
• Gray bill
• Female similar to adult female
• Males similar to adult females, but with white neck patch


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:54 p.m.
Date: 30th September 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/30
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
a beautiful duck from your hands.
The details and colours are very good.
I really like the eye and the pattern in the plumage.
The low POV and the DOF is good as well.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Pam , excellent portrait , excellent guide for wwod duck , thanks , good luck.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-13 2:21]

I just love these ducks, Pam. Another excellent capture.
The details on that eye are striking, especially with that thin yellow lining.
TFS. : )

Hi Pam,
Another excellent capture!
I very like composition, pose, colors and good details.
Maybe I want for a little-little more sharpening and more blur of BG.
Regards and TFS,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-13 8:46]

Hi Pam,
Just another excellent portrait, the details are outstanding as are the colors. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Great closeup portrait Pam, I like it.
Nice detail, colors, POV, DOF, and exposure mf. Great shot handheld at 1/30th..
Well done & TFS.

Hello Pam
Excellent shot of Wood duck,
Perfect composition and POV,
Very nice colors, Welldone.


bonjour Pam,
splendide prise de vue magnifique couleurs et une nettetι impecable bravo


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-13 12:59]

Hi Pam,
What a catch, the yellow round the eye so special, and the reflection in the eye it looks like you can see the lense of the camera in it.
Well done.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-13 15:03]

Hello Pam , A Beautifull Shot from the duck ,great sharpnes details colours pov very nice bg and framing .

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-14 8:21]

Hello Pam,
Wonderful portrait of this wood duck.POV,framing,details,BG and expression on face are excellent.

Amazing telephoto with perfect use of DOF. Great focus and position.




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