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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 18-55mm USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-02 2:14
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shot taken at the neighbour town Niederbronn, on the edge of the river, my english is not good enough to tell a long story, so a write a part of my note in french

dans la ville voisine de Niederbronn, ily a un petit parc avec un mini-golf ouvert au public qui est traversé par une rivière. Sur cette rivière vivent des dizaines de canards toute l'année. beaucoup de gens viennent les nourrir en hiver, plus particulièrement des personnes agées ou des mamans avec leurs enfants. Ils en ont tellement l'habitude que dès que quelqu'un s'approche de la rive, les canards arrivent en masse dans l'espoir de quelques nourritures, ils mangent presque dans vos mains, c'est ideal pour les photographier sauf qu'il est très difficile d'en isoler un. La plupart de ces canards sont des colverts mais de temps en temps,
d'autres races s'arrètent ici pendant quelques jours, quelques semaines, parfois même quelqes mois avant de repartir vers d'autres horizons. C'est la cas d'un couple de carolins en hivers 2007-2008. La photo nous montre le mâle.
Wood Duck
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck...
The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colorful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.
Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Their personality is shy and skittish.
Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbors, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behavior known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards (140 m) away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.The birds are year-round residents in East Texas and other southern parts of their range, but the northern populations migrate south for the winter. They overwinter in the southern United States near the Atlantic coast. They are also popular, due to their attractive plumage, in waterfowl collections and as such are frequently recorded in Great Britain as escapes - populations have become temporarily established in Surrey in the past but are not considered to be self-sustaining in the fashion of the closely related Mandarin Duck. Given its native distribution the species is also a potential natural vagrant to Western Europe and there have been records in areas such as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which some observers consider may relate to wild birds; however, given the Wood Duck's popularity in captivity it would be extremely difficult to prove their provenance one way or another.
These birds feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat berries and seeds, but also insects, making them omnivores.
The male's call is a rising whistle; the female gives a whistled whoo-eek if startled.

Aix sponsa
The population of the Wood Duck was in serious decline at the beginning of the 20th century as a result of severe habitat loss and market hunting both for meat and plumage for the ladies' hat market in Europe. Banning market hunting and establishment of game laws to regulate sports hunting along with conservation efforts including widespread construction of nesting boxes in suitable habitat resulted in this species' return to sustainable numbers.
Landowners as well as park and refuge managers can encourage Wood Ducks by building Wood Duck nest boxes near lakes, ponds, and streams. Fulda, Minnesota has adopted the wood duck as an unofficial mascot, and a large number of nest boxes can be found in the area.
The population of the wood duck has increased a great deal in the last several years. The increase has been due to the work of many people constructing wood duck boxes and conserving vital habitat for the wood ducks to breed. During the open waterfowl season, U.S. hunters have only been allowed to take two wood ducks per day in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways. However, for the 2008-2009 season, the limit was raised to three. The wood duck limit remains at two in the Central Flyway and at seven in the Pacific Flyway.

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Ciao Jacqueline,
une très belle photo de Aix sponsa male pris avec un bon point de vue et une extraordinaire netteté, très bon cadrage, j'adore lrs belle couleurs contre l'arrière-plan neutre.
Merci et félicitations.

Very nice shot with beautiful colors of the bird, good composition..

Anil Pinto

Wood Duck is an extremely beautiful bird and you have done full justice to its beauty in this shot, Jacqueline.
From this uppish lateral point of view, you have captured the features and colours of the subject with great dexterity.
Thanks for sharing the picture and warm regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-02 7:11]

Hi Jacqueline,
What a cute duck:)I liked POV,vivid colors,eye contact and pose of ird a lot.Have a great week!
Thasnks for posting.

Jacqueline merhaba,pek süslü pek alımlı bir kuş.Bunlardaki renk başka kuşlarda yok,onunda farkında gibi, kasılarak durmuş,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-02 9:37]

Hello Jacqueline, a wonderful shot of this beautiful Caroline.
Nice composition and excellent details.
TFS and G's,

Hi Jacqueline,
A nice capture of this beautiful Carolina Duck. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonsoir Jacqueline,
Ce canard est vraiment superbe. Je pense en avoir aperçu un jour à Bruxelles, mais jamais de près. C'est étonnant qu'il se laisse approcher ainsi. J'imagine que le prendre en photo sur l'eau et dans le soleil serait d'un plus bel effet. Il me fait penser un peu aux mandarins que l'on voit assez bien ici bien que farouches. Amitiés,

Hello Jacqueline,

Great capture.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and sharpness are excellent.

hello Jacqueline
great sharpness
beautiful colours
great shot
thanks for share my site
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-02 11:39]

Hi Jacqueline . Nature pulled out the stops when it made this one. They are so beautiful they could be carved from wood !! and painted. You have taken this one with fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Ohhh... what a beauty MF! i loved this Carolin. Wonderful pose you captured here and excellent details.
TFS and cheers,
have a nice night!

Perfect shot of this cute duck Jaqueline.
Lovely posture and wonderful composition.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Jacqueline, great see a new photo from you, superb capture of fantastic colorful duck in great pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, brava, ciao Silvio

superb colours of this Aix sponsa ,
perfect sharp and very fine details , good exposure ,
well done ! TFS,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-02 13:50]

Salut !
Quell belle image de ce merveilleux canard, j'adore leurs couleurs ! Les détails sont bien nets, les couleurs sont naturelles et agréables, la composition et le POV sont excellents. L'arrière-plan gris le fait bien ressortir, aussi. J'espère que ces carolins vont revenir chez nous un de ces jours. Félicitations pour cette photo !

bonjour Jacqueline

superbe photographie du Canard Branchu,
votre Carolin en France est notre Canard Branchu
au Québec et ailleurs en Amérique du Nord,

j'ai sourit quand j'ai vu cette photo car cela m'a donné
une joie c'est un de mes sujets que j'aimes le plusss photographier,

excellent POV (en-plongé) sur le sujet nous montrant
son beau plumage, la netteté et les détails sont excellentes,


p.s. dans ma galerie dans les pages antérieurs
tu trouveras de mes photos du Canard branchu
perché sur les arbres j'en ai d'autre que je n'ai
pas encore posté et j'ai hâte au printemps
pour en faire d'autres photos

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-02 18:30]

Hi Jacqueline,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Wood Duck in a fine pose. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and clarity on its plumage. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-02 22:04]

Hello Jacqueline,
A fine sharp close capture of a Wood Duck, a beautiful N. American species that is found in parks in many parts of Europe and like the mandarin duck they can escape and form wild populations. But this one seems very tame if it could almost eat out of your hand!
Merci pour le partage,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-03 6:03]

Hi Jacqueline,
such a wonderful capture. The colours are so pretty and you have shown it very effectively. Very razor sharp and it really stands out superbly against the blurry background.
Well presented and excellent pose. You really put it in a very lovely shot.


Bardzo ładna kaczka. Bardzo dobre naturalne kolory.

hello Jacqueline, a beautiful shot of this lovely duck.
TFS and regards,

Casi perfecta. Los negros de la parte superior del ave complicados :-) Bien encuadrada y mucha elegancia en el conjunto. Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Jacqueline.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Jacqueline, Beautifully sharp and well coloured photo of this rather special duck breed. Only comment would be it could be improved by dropping down onto your knee and getting a slightly lower POV. Very fine animal photo. TFS. Murray.

Hi Jacqueline,

nice close up from this duck.
Good pov and details .
Beautiful colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-05 10:14]

Hi Jacqueline.
You have represented this splendid specimen simply perfectly. Its wonderful shapes, curves and colourations are reproduced precisely. I like superb exposure of the image and reflection of dark and white feathers of the duck. Your POV and composition of the shot also are excellent. My compliments and best regards. Well done.

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  • Suzy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2009-03-06 20:57]

such a beautiful carolin Duck, i love the colors and the details especially the dotted area in the neck... really a lovely shot with perfect light and quality..

TFS Jacqueline

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-07 3:33]

Merhaba Jacqueline,
Caroline gerçekten çok güzelmiş,
renkleri, netliği ve duruşuyla çok güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş.
Tebrikler, iyi hafta sonları dilerim.

Bonjour Jacqueline,
prächtiges Männchen dieser auch bei uns gut eingebürgerten Ente, die dunklen bunten Farbtöne, die blaugrün schimmernden schwarzen Rückenfedern, und all die feinen Muster präzise und subtil wiedergegeben.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hi Jacqueline,
Beautiful photo of a beautiful specie. I already saw Mandarin Duck, but have never seen this one yet. Perfect color balance and sharpness on the mallard. Bravo.
Best regards from Hungary, László

hello Jacqueline
strange duck, very beautiful her colors and amazing plume
beautiful photo
best regards

hello jacquline,

your profile picture looks great but i wouldnt mind looking at your picture too :-). this is a fine capture of this so beautiful and colourful bird, it looks as if the bird is giving you a pose to shoot, i liked the pov, the colours and the composition very much, the grey bg offers good contrast to the colourful bird and the simple framing looks good,

well done,
tfs & regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-11 5:24]

Salut Jacqueline,c'est vraiment un spectacle de coulerus ce canard! Ta photo est d'une qualite' exceptionelle,les details sont incroyables!Mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

Hi Jacqueline,

This is such a beautiful wood duck. So sharp in focus exposing such fine details. The framing is very good and I like the fancy headgear and the brilliance in the eye.

TFS and have a great day.

Best regards,

Bonjour Jacqueline!

Les uns présentent un bout de glace, les autres une fleur ou encore un canard. Peu importe, tout cela est de la nature et c'est beau et agréable à regarder. Ton canard est magnifique et tu l'as très bien mis en scène avec une richesse de détails impressionnante. En plus, tes notes sont instructives et agréable à lire.



Hi Jacqueline
very nice shot for very beautiful Wood Duck. superb colors and focus. nicely composed. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done

Hello Jacqueline
unbelievable beauty, color, sharpness, detail, glance, all are superb, congratulations!

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  • breton (47)
  • [2009-03-16 10:49]

Très joli photo et quel commentaire !

Merci pour le partage

Hi Jacqueline,
Deine Ente ist wundervoll, die schönen Farben, die tolle Zeichnung der Federn - und diese Augenumrandung in rot, ein Meisterwerk, gefällt mir sehr, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-03-16 16:37]

Hi Jacqueline,
Wonderful shot.Beautiful duck And very nice details and colours.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2009-03-24 13:20]

what a beautiful animal Jacqueline, your picture gives all the beauty of the form and the colours, great brightness, brava
kind regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-30 18:51]

Hello Jacqueline,
What a wonderful portrait of this stunningly beautiful male. The plumage patterns are amazing, thank you.

Excellent shot! Superb quality, I like this duck! TFS!
My congratulations!

Olá, Jacqueline!

Great focus and amazing colors! Well done job.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Greetings from Brazil,

My dearest friend Jacqueline,
As usual, outstanding sharpness in this shot.
The details are super fine and well exposed.
A beautiful specimen of this Wood Duck.
Very well presented too!

Hi Jacquiline,
Very impressive image with no distracting background.Nice contrast between image and background.You have captured good image detail. Well done and TFS..

Beautiful colours, great sharpness and a good pose. Excellent photo!

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