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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-06 3:28
Viewed: 3513
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is a female Mallard or some kind of hybrid. Maybe the sunlight and the color saturation made me use the word hybrid.
Another one in my Mallard series captured in the wild.
I'm a bit puzzled about the yellow reflections; 30 meters or so further away there was a floating structure with little boats, if I remember well. Maybe one of the boats was yellow...
Or maybe it is just the water; notice that yellow and blue are complementary colors; so that's why IMO the latter is quite unlikely. I don't know though....

Something personal...
Until 2008 I'll be less active on this site especially in October and November. I wish it could be the other way around...

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
2/09/2007 17:11:43
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-06 5:25]

Hi Annick,
another great shot of this splashing Mallard.
Sharp with excellent details and colour.
I love the water droplets.
Well done,

Nice capture of the bird, sharp image with good details. Very nice shot. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-07 10:27]

Hi Annick,
Wow! Wonderful photo of this mallard. The colors are simply stunning and the sharpness amazing. Love those drops of water on the feathers.
Great work and TFs

Quelle netteté. L'eau sur ses plumes nous donne une réelle idée de leur étanchéité.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-07 20:14]

Hello Annick

Like water off a duck's back! Wonderful detail and clarity.There is a neat reflection in the water.Focus and detail are amazing as per usual.Great eye contact,looks liek she is smiling for you.TFS


Hi Annick,
I think it is a Drake Mallard in a transitional period of moulting. There is a name for it but memory fails me at present.
Good shot of it bathing and the water of the ducks back finishes it well.

... I like what this camera can do Annick... Mallard is a common subject indeed but this one is different... A big "clap, clap" (like you say) for Mark, the big Mama and the photographer :) I love the clarity of those water drops on her back. I don’t know why but I suspect that you are going on a safari ;) See you,

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-11-10 15:25]

beautiful picture with beautiful colours
many compliments

Hello Annick! Amazing duck! Wonderful sharpness and lightness. Very good composition. Nice and funny shot. Good luck!

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