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A Merry Christmas to you!

A Merry Christmas to you!
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/550 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 19:15
Viewed: 3572
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), also called Brahminy Duck, is a common winter visitor in India. This bird is found in large wetlands, rivers with mud flats and shingle banks.There are very small resident populations of this species in north west Africa and Ethiopia, but the main breeding area of this species is from south east Europe across central Asia to southeast China. These birds are mostly migratory, wintering in southern Asia.Although becoming quite rare in southeast Europe and southern Spain, the Ruddy Shelduck is still common across much of its Asian range. It may be this population which gives rise to vagrants as far west as Iceland, Great Britain and Ireland. However, since the European population is declining, it is likely that most occurrences in western Europe in recent decades are escapes or feral birds. Although this bird is observed in the wild from time to time in eastern North America, no evidence of a genuine vagrant has been found.Arrives in north India by October and departs by April.

This is a bird of open country, and it will breed on cliffs, in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days. The Ruddy Shelduck is usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks. However, moulting and wintering gatherings on chosen lakes or slow rivers can be very large.
The Ruddy Shelduck is a distinctive species, 5870 cm long with a 110135 cm wingspan. It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck. The sexes of this striking species are similar, but the male has a black ring at the bottom of the neck in the breeding season summer, and the female often has a white face patch. The call is a loud wild honking.

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Hello Goldy.
This is an amazing shot with fine details.
Well done with the exposure and details.
Thanks and have a joyful Christmas.

Hello Goldy!
Amazing pair. Fine theme. Interesting information. Good exposure and capture. Superb contrast and sharpness.
Well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-24 0:30]

Hi Goldy,
Beautiful couple ..!
Composition, detail and color is excellent.
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-24 1:11]

Hi, dear friend.
You have pictured a very cute pair of beautiful duck. Colours and details are simply great and pleasant for eyes. I also like the composition of the shot. Only heads seem OE a bit but it is not a point. My hearty wishes to you in New year.

Hallo Goldy,
a very good double capture of the Ruddy Shelduck, very good sharpness and beautiful contrast of colours, excellent POV and composition
Seasons Greetings to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-24 2:40]

Hello Goldy,
very nice view of these Ruddy Shelducks. Great light and vivid colours on the Ducks. Lovely compostion.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-24 3:21]

Hello Goldy,
Hoe nice to see a photo from you. Beautiful shot in good natural colours and sharpness. Excellent composition.

Ciao Goldy, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, lovely couple with fantastic reflections, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Goldy

beautiful photo of these Brahminy Ducks,
fine POV and the way they are framed on the image,
excellent focus sharpness and details, beautiful light,
beautiful reflection on the water, TFS

also for you and your family i wish you
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-24 8:03]

Lovely image of these wonderful species of ducks, good lighting and colors. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-24 12:35]

Hi Goldy,very nice and different idea this peacefull way for the Xmas whishes,beautiful couple,greats light and colors.I wish you all the best for Christmas and thanks for share,Luciano.

Hi Goldy,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The pointy of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the Ruddy Shelducks. The afternoon light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Merry Christmas.


Merry Christmas to you Goldy. The Ruddy is. Favorite. You caught the duo in perfect light. May all of you wishes be granted.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-03 15:57]

Hi Goldy
Nice capture I had never seen that specie before.Well compose image with nice colors.
TFS Michel

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-19 3:04]

Hello gold,
such a beautiful view of the swimming ducks. Very nice contrast and the intense bright colors are really pleasant.
The simple shot give an effective scenery.
well done.


Hello Goldy
this last time, i had not all days time for TN, so i have missed your last shots, this one is superb, i like Ruddy Shelducks, a few years ago, we had oneof this beautiful bird in the park of the neighbour town for a few month, i was very fascinated from this beautiful duck,
this image is splendid, sharpness, colors, composition but also the reflections in the water are really superb
Have a good night

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