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Drake Mandarin Duck

Drake Mandarin Duck
Photo Information
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: 2007-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-24 5:20
Viewed: 4054
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken in a zoo; Olmense zoo.

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan.

The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
15/08/2007 15:58:35
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-24 5:23]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding portrait shot with such lovely colour tones and details on its plumage. Superb lighting and focus and it stands out perfectly from the BG. I like the glint on its eye and the calm pose. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-24 5:31]

Hi Annick!
Wonderful portrait! Nice colors, great detail and funny bird. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Annick!
When I am looking at your pictures I am more and more impressed! Not only because of the quality of your portrait pictures but also becaeuse of the objects! There is always something interesting and usually little known in your presentations. And that is why I like a lot TN and to come back to your gallery! :>
TFS this colourful species and my best regards,

Hi Annick
great portrait of an ugly duck!
Ugly not because he is a Mandarin (one of the most beautifull ducks) but because he is in full moult of the head and probably desperately looking for a hairdresser.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-24 6:14]

Truly stunning close-up!
Outstanding colours and details, superb catchlight, grand composition -- not a thing would I wish to change

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-24 6:35]

Hello Annick, you made a very good portrait of that duck. Good composition and great technique. Well done, thanks.


Hi Annick
Strange looking duck :-) Another great portrait. Good sharpness, contrast and buckground
I like it very much
Best wishes

Hey Annick,

Wow this picture is very very nice.. I love the overall tones of brown and the likes. And the image is sharp and a great POV.
Thanks for sharing.


Great shot
I like the reflections in the eye and the colours
focus is very good
nice shot

Hello Annick

Very nice shot of this Mandarin Duck,
Perfect details,lighting and DOF,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hello Annick,

It's a beautiful duck and your photograph has nice colors and a excellent POV and BG. It's a great job!

Hi Annick, splendid portrait with wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Annick.
Un excepcional retrato. Hermosos colores y perfecto encuadre.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Interesting shot. Expression very good. Well presented.
Best wishes,

Excellent capture Annick.
I like it :)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-09-27 6:24]

selam Annick
beautiful portrait photo of this handsome
i like nice details and colours of plumage and beak
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 8:57]

Hello Annick

The POV is excellent.The plumage detail is excellent and well defined.The colours are vivid and well saturated.Excellent eye contact.The OOF BG is beautiful.TFS


such a gorgeous details, and such a cute ducky

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