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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-10 10:10
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Points: 10
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From my recent vacation in Costa Rica

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck or Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), formerly also called Black-bellied Tree Duck, is a whistling duck that breeds from the southernmost United States and tropical Central to south-central South America. In the USA, it can be found year-round in parts of southeast Texas, and seasonally in southeast Arizona, and Louisiana's Gulf Coast.

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is a common species that is "quite tame, even in the wild".[4] It is highly gregarious, forming large flocks when not breeding, and is largely resident apart from local movements. It usually nests in hollow trees. The habitat is quiet shallow freshwater ponds, lakes, and marshes, cultivated land or reservoirs with plentiful vegetation, where this duck feeds mainly at night on seeds and other plant food. Tree-lined bodies of water are of particular value and as the old common name suggests, they are quite fond of perching in trees. This species can also be seen "loafing" (doing nothing in particular except hanging around and socializing) in flocks on golf courses and other grassy areas near suitable waterways.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-11-10 12:21]

Hi Mariol
great example of how important the catchlight is!

Great shot with beautiful lights.

Hello Mario
What great shot with wonderful light using. Great work. Congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beauty. I pleasurely fallow your Costa Rica posts. Good lucks.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-11-10 17:17]

Bellísimo retrato de este colorido pato, con un background verde lleno de matices y perfectamente esfumado. Toda la composición bañada por una luz calida de sutiles tonos naranja. Felcitaciones por tu obra, Mario.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-11-10 20:09]

Hi Mario,
Excellent sharpness details the duck.
Perfect composition and in amazing colours.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Mr.Mario,
Beautiful Duck.I haven't seen this species in our area.Well captured.Details and colour is really attractive.Well managed BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Mario,
a great portrait of this strange duck. Intense colours and a good clarity and sharpness make it nice to look at.

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