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In gold...

In gold...
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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: 2005-03-31
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-02 8:22
Viewed: 3944
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Breeding behaviour
Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. The clutch is 9–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledging. The ducklings are precocial, and can swim and feed themselves on insects as soon as they hatch, although they stay near the female for protection. Mallards also have rates of male-male sexual activity that are unusually high for birds. In some cases, as many as 19% of pairs in a mallard population are male-male homosexual (Bagemihl, 1999).

When they pair off with mating partners, often one or several drakes will end up "left out". This group will sometimes target an isolated female duck — chasing, pestering and pecking at her until she weakens (a phenomenon referred to by researchers as rape flight), at which point each male will take turns copulating with the female. Male mallards will also chase males in the same way to copulate with other males.

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Hi Dortota, Great colors, BG POV are excellent I thank the duck is over Exposed. But A great capture. TFS Kyle

Hi Dorota,
I like the pose and gold reflection I see.
A bit OE, and this affected you color balance somewhat. Overall, a nice shot. TFS!

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-04-02 12:39]

Bonjour Dorota,
Des reflets superbes ! Belles couleurs et éclairage exceptionnel.

A magical moment, indeed. The spirals of gold around the duck look like bold brush strokes in gold.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-02 13:00]

Hello Doroto!
Lovely capture.Warm colors,POV,framing,pose of duck and
composition are wonderful.TFS..:-)

Hello Dorota,
What a lovely duck. POV, warm colors and composition are good. Well done. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-02 17:12]

Hi Dorota,
More of those wonderful colours. Nice detail, especially in the water. The composition I think is a little central.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-04-02 21:08]

Dorota, despite the overexposure, the shot is nice.

I like the ripple-effect.

The duck was looking at you.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-03 9:02]

Hi Dorota, the colours in this water are beautiful. Great shot, there are some OE areas on the mallard but I think in this sort of strong light it is hard to avoid. TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-03 9:50]

Great picture Dorota, there is some great colors in it. Very impressive. Maybe there is too much contrast on the bird and it's a bit OE. But great composition. Thanks.


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-04-03 15:48]

WOW - the water is amazing. I know the picture is meant to be about the mallard, but for me it is the effect on the water and the colors it has taken on that count. wonderful.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-04-04 17:15]

Very beautiful light and molten copper reflections in the water. For composition, I'd suggest to crop some from top and right, to place the bird on a third and use the diagonal of radial reflections and direction of body of the duck. Great shot as is.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-04-18 15:09]

Hey Dorota,
super work on the compo. the colours are truly amazing :)
great effect and the ripples look outstanding :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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