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A nice duck from Nice!

A  nice duck from Nice!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 G ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 11:57
Viewed: 3827
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

Today, I am posting a second bird from the very beautiful Pheonix Park in Nice. Although a public park, the birds were able to fly and seemed to be there by choice. Though, having said that, the birds seemed to identify as yellow-billed pintails, common to S. America!

However, I am sure someone will be able to help me if I have made a mistake with the identification.

The duck was a real beauty!
I just loved the pattern of the plummage which began as a light buff on the neck, picking up more speckles on the breast and then turning to a chocolaty brown with buff edges on the undeside and back. I would seriously like an outfit with those colours!

Many thanks for your visit.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-) Bev

Hand held.
pp cropped and sharpened, added borders and signed

siggi, nglen, Morigann, NinaM, jaycee, rcrick, uleko, Heaven, septimiu_nemes, Noisette, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-09 12:05]

Hello Beverley.
Wonderful capture. Colors,POV,details,reflections on water and framing are excellent.TFS
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-09 12:05]

Hi Beverley. You have taken a fine picture of the Duck. You have taken it with fine detail and such natural looking colours. With a reflection in the water . All finished in a nice frame. well done TFS.

Hello Beverley,
A very pleasant capture with a beautiful duck.
Great focus with very fine details.
Beautiful natural colors.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-09 12:17]

Hello Beverley, the duck is a real beauty and your picture honours it perfectly! The nice reflection, the beautiful movement in the water and colour, all this give the duck a perfect setting for this picture. Many thanks, superb work!


Hi Bev,
Excellent capture of this beautiful duck. It is very likely have been escaped or freed from some collection on some point. You have great composition, sharp fine details and beautiful colours.

great portrait, TFS Ori

Ciao Bev, fantastic reflections on water, lovely duck with fine details and great sharpness, splendid colorfs of plumage, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Beverley, very beautiful image with great lighting and detail


Hi Bev,

Excellent capture of this beautiful duck, wonderful colours and detail in the plumage. Love the reflection in the water and the high POV, really nice work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-09 22:53]

Hello Bev,
Indeed, this is a very beautiful duck that you've captured so well! I love the sharp focus on its head and the fine details of the plumage. Wonderful colours and a nice reflection in the green water.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-10 7:26]

Hello Beverley,
A superb capture of an Asian species of duck called the Spot-billed Duck (Anas poechilorhyncha).
The POV shows its features with excellent sharpness, colours and a great water movement around it. It is a beautiful species that you show very well and you can just see the spot at the tip of its bill.
Thanks for sharing this beauty, a species that I have seen in Goa but could not photograph.
Kind regards,

Hi Beverley!

Indeed, it's nice! Even more than that, it's a real beauty. I'm impressed by the clarity and the sharpness as both reveal rich and magnificent details. The picture is simple, yet so pleasant. I also like the water surface with the reflection of the light. I prefer this to the artificial effect of a polarizing filter.

Let me by this occasion also thank you with all my heart for the encouraging words on my last posting!

Kind regards


Hi Beverley
Superb! Nice reflection and I like the circular movement in the waters. Quite sharp and well lit

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-10 12:19]

Hello Beverley,
Ivan got right. This is the Spot-billed Duck.
Beautiful photo in excellent sharpness and good natural colours. Nice POV, surroundings and composition.

wow , beautiful shot and great composition Beverley !
perfect sharp and fine details , wonderful colours and very good light ,
well done !TFS,

Hello Beverley
What a beautiful duck have you here,
splendid colors of bird and water
excellent sharpness and POV
Very well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-10 20:38]

Hello Bev, Good capture. Nice colors and beautiful POV. Water reflections are beautiful. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-13 10:21]

Hi, Beverley.
I also am amazed with brilliance of the scene. It is really superb as well as your picture. I do not know what is reproduced better. Both water surface with charming waves and ripples and beautiful duck are reproduced fantastically with refined taste and highest skill. All is the best at this shot. My heartfelt congratulations on so wonderful masterpiece. Bravo.
Yours Alexei.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-16 10:30]

Hi Bev,
superb sharp details and wonderful caprture of the water too. He is indeed a real beauty :o)

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