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Silver Teal

Silver Teal
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-11 6:31
Viewed: 3666
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo taken at the same place as my previous photo, the Baikal Teal. But these ducks will never meet each other in the wild. From the other side of our planet.

The Silver Teal or Versicolor Teal (Anas versicolor) is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas. It breeds in South America.

Between April and June they prefer reed beds and will lay 6 to 10 creamy-pink eggs. As with swans and geese, both parents will rear the ducklings. A pair may bond long term. It lives on fresh water in small groups, and feeds primarily on vegetable matter such as seeds and aquatic plants.

The Silver Teal's range includes southern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, and the Falkland Islands. The southernmost birds migrate to southern Brazil in the winter.

Silver Teals are on the whole placid ducks but may be protective of eggs, young and females.

They have a black cap that extends below the eyes, and a bluish bill with a yellow tip. They also have a green speculum with a white border.

The Puna Teal was previously regarded as a subspecies of this bird. Currently, there are two subspecies:
• A. versicolor versicolor Northern Silver Teal located in Paraguay, southern Bolivia, and southern Brazil.
• A. versicolor fretensis Southern Silver Teal located in southern Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
Simple yet beautiful photo with pleasant classical composition. Great exposure and shutter speed settings, besides the duck I love the way how you captured the bubbles! Congrats for the nice shot.
Best regards, László

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of the Silver Teal,
a fine POV giving that beautiful eye-contact,
beautiful are its color tones and patterns,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Peter,
another great picture of this rare Baikal teal.
great colour and sharpness.
perfect pose you capture.
with best wishes,

Hello Peter,
One more beautiful capture,very nice details and lovely composition with its nice natural colours.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. Very nicely presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Best wishes!


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-01-11 8:33]

Hi Peter,
lovely photo I like the lighting, great sharpness, excellent details and colors !
Best regards !

Hi Peter,
nice photo of the duck. Excellent sharpness and details. Amazing colours.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-11 9:44]

Hi Peter,beautiful point of view and great capture of this duck,great details and colors,the plumage below remember the a pheasant female,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
super scherpe opname met veel details
de kleuren zijn weer prachtig
super leuke eend
groet lou

Hello Peter
Superb photograph, excellent focus and detail, good depth of field. Good pose with eye contact.
regards yiannis

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely duck with fantastic reflections, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter
Beautiful pose with a great POV. Very striking bird and you captured all of it we super clarity and DOV.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Ciao Peter.
Splendido esemplare di anatra con dei colori particolari,eccellente nitidezza con ottimi dettagli molto bella complimenti.
Ti auguro buon fine settimana ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-11 18:24]

Hello Peter
teals are really wonderful to look at. This one is lovely too. How exciting to see the spots on it breast and details of the wings.
Excellent features could be seen in your shot.
Lovely composition disclosing the beauty.


Hello Peter
Beautiful photo with very good composition, fantastic lighting and impressive sharpness.

Hello Peter,

Hope life is going well in 2013, friend. This is a lovely shot which carries an invaluable note with it and both are fantastic. In fact, this species is quite new for me, for we have our own ducks.Our common teal is a beautiful bird too, Peter.
Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing shot....take care....warm regards/Abid

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-12 11:31]

Hello Peter.
A lovely photo of this Silver Teal.Very beautiful reflections in the water and the overall colour palette is lovely.Good eye contact.Nicely composed.Regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. The best management of colours and light. Good contrast exciting reflections.


Hi Peter,
Nice photo in superb sharpness and details.TFS

Hallo Peter,
Een grote compositie met deskundige algehele scherpte, Details en die mooie kleuren in combinatie met het effect van het water. De verenkleed en oog Details zijn prachtig en ik hou van de weerspiegeling in het water. Uitstekend werk mijn vriend.
Hartelijke groeten,

  • eagleowl (243)
  • [2013-01-13 12:50]

Hi Peter
beautiful photo of this bird. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and details.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-14 1:48]

Hello Peter
A very detailed and sharp photo of the Silver Teal.
The reflection and the air bubbles really adds to the image.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-14 8:17]

Hello Peter
Nice closed up of the silver teal.Sharp image with nice plumage details.Colours are nice and natural.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,

You're capturing well this duck by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Silver Teal with black head, brown back, the body of spotted pattern. It looks like the remarkbale duck by colorful beauty. And, ups and downs of the water which has arisen after swimming draws out a good effect in this image as well as the reflection projected to the water.

Kind regards,

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