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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-21 7:02
Viewed: 4157
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its hard to believe that these ducks (mandarin duck) exist. 'They are so incredible colorful. This male is really showing off and tries to impres a female. I hope you like this representation and its reflection in the water.

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Hello Zeno,
Very beautiful capture of Mandarin duck. Great details & POV. TFS

Hello Zeno,
Fantastic capture of this colorful little duck! superb vivid colors and excelletn details, exellent composition, good pov, and very nice depth of field, fantastic sharpness and nice contrast, great pose and lovley reflections.

Hoi Zeno,

Very nice shot of this beautiful duck.
Wonderful colors and reflection.
Sharpness, composition and exposure are very good, but I'll miss a little detail in the smaller feathers of the wings.
Might be because of jpeg compression or did you use some noise reduction software?

Best regards and I do wish you and yours a very Happy Easter.


Hi Zeno,
great shot. Sharpness and colors of the mandarin duck are great. Even the reflection is very clear.
Perhaps I'd prefer a little more space on the left, so that one can see a little bit more of the waves.

TFS Tatjana

Hello Zeno,
Great Mandarin duck photo with excellent sharpness.

Hello Zeno,

Nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. tfs. Stev

Hi Zeno,
Wonderful shot of this incredible bird. Great reflection, color, and focus details. Well done. Tfs Have a great week end.

Wow! Zeno, this is an amazing image of this beautiful waterfowl, I'm really attracted to the display of the feathers. Well done and TFS :)

Perfect presentation of colours of this beautifull bird. Good composition of reflection.Very clean shot Zeno, TFS.

Hello Sir!

A very well composed picture.
Brilliant sharpness and Good lighting too.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-21 9:51]

Hallo Zeno,

Dit is mooi, met een kwaliteit omu tegen te zeggen.
Kleuren en samenstelling zijn subliem, samen met de weerspiegeling in het water.
Mooi foto werk.


amazing! so sharp and so beautiful! TFS Ori

Hallo Zeno,
Inderdaad ze zijn een beetje onwezenlijk.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-21 11:17]

Hallo Zeno,
Erg mooie opname van deze eend. Schitterende heldere kleuren en prachtige details. Goede diepte in de foto. Mooie reflectie in het water.
Prettige Paasdagen,

Wonderful picture, the reflection and the clarity of the picture is something that's is wonderful

Stunning capture showing great focus and superb colouration, the reflection is perfect, you have made the water look almost silky smooth...very nice image...TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-21 13:02]

Hi Zeno. We have a pair on a lake in the forest near to where i live . You have captured this beautiful looking male with such fine detail and rich colours. a good reflection in the water. well done TFS.

Have a nice Easter weekend.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-21 14:37]

Hi Zeno
exellent composition and reflection
very good sharp and detail well done.

Hello Zeno,
Perfect shot of this mandarin duck with excelent details, DOV, POV and sharpness. Nice composition. TFS. Have a nice Easter weekend!

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  • weebug (6)
  • [2008-03-22 4:07]

Hi Zeno,
Perfect shot. Good composition and excellent sharpness. Well done and thanks!

Hi Zeno!

Stunning photo with a perfect beautiful reflection! Very well done! Thank you,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-22 19:23]

Hello Zeno,
Incredible image of an incredible species, thank you Zeno for your excellent work.

Hi Zeno,

The mandarin duck is a beautiful bird. The reflection in the water is an asset to the composition. The details and colors of the duck are clear and precise. The subject is well framed. Have a nice day.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-23 21:23]

Haha... Zeno... one of my favorite ducks, if not my favorite. : )
I love how you caught him with his feathers all stuck out around his neck and his wings.
Was he showing off for the ladies?
The reflection is so clear... and really adds to the image.
TFS. ; )

Hola amigo.
Una encantadora escena con unos delicados colores y hermosos reflejos.
Buena nota.
Cordiales saludos, JL.

Hello Zeno
I really like this a lot...Colours sharpness..The pov giving such a wonderful reflection make this a truly stunning picture.

Hi Zeno, splendid duck with fantastic daisies, wonderful reflections and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-26 13:29]

Hi Zeno

Mandarin ducks are beautiful and you have caught this one perfectly. Sharp, detailed and in fine colours. I love the pose and the stunning reflection



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-31 9:12]

Hi Zeno,
Very nice shot of this beautiful oriental duck. I liked the reflection of the bird in the frame.Nice details, composition and POV.TFS


I am not sure how I missed commenting on this lovely shot. What a subject to work with. Your lighting, focus and the reflection are top notch. This is an award winning shot.

Thanks - Bob

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