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Knobbilled duck

Knobbilled duck
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-19 19:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Knobbilled duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)

Distribution :

Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar, tropical Asia and tropical South America.

In Southern Africa it is absent from the south and west.

Some long-distance seasonal movements from Zimbabwe to Mozambique and north to Chad (3 879km) and Sudan have been recorded.

Status :

Common in Southern Africa.

Food :

Mainly seeds of grass, water lilies, grain crops, locusts, aquatic insect larvae and plant propagules.

Source :

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, Sixth edition.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-20 2:36]

Wow, Jan Hendrik. That is a beaut. : )
You really captured those iridescent green feathers very well, and the details and light are great (a tad OE on his chest). I have never seen a duck like this one. Thanks for bringing such an exotic duck to us. Well done and TFS. : )

A rushed weekend critique I'm afraid,
Great capture Jan Hendrik, thanks for posting.
Have a great weekend

Hello Jan

Great looking bird. New to me. I love the green in the plumage colours. Very good exposure, light and sharpness. Well done. Thanks.

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Very good light, very sharp and clear image, excellent composition.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-20 4:53]

Hello Jan!
Very nice capture!Interesting duck,colour and details are great.
Thanks for posting...

This is a beauty, Jan Hendrik.
Never seen this befor, I wish I could see this in the flesh.
Well composed, well exposed, nice colours and very good details.
Excellent work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-20 8:16]

Hello Jan!
Very nice capture.Lighting,clear details,POv,eye contact and composition are wonderful.Feathers under the neck is a little overexposed,but it's only a minor nit.Generaly I liked this work.

Hello Jan, This is a very uniquely colored duck, very nice. Excellent POV, DOF, colors and exposure of the whites. Well composed with just the right amount of space above, below and in front of your subject IMO. I like this, Very well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-20 13:46]

Hij is mooi Jan Hendrik,
very nice capture, nice details, the pov is good and the dof is nice, I like the reflection too, well completed note, very good job.
gr. jaap

Wonderful shot Boet --- WOW that's sharp

Good composition and good exposure.
Good sharp details.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-24 19:53]

Hi Jan Hendrik! I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

" Smiles are the soul's kisses. " (Minna Thomas Antrim)
" The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. " (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull morning, afternoon, evening, night! ;-)

Hi Jan-Hendrik, This is a very nice one. The compo and sharpness is great. A little OE on the neck and head but it's a minor nit. Well done.


Very clear and sharp pic. The subject is very clear and detailed. The composition, POV and lighting are all excellent. TFS,

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