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Mrs Mallard


Mrs Mallard
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Copyright: Alex Shainshein (s_a_s_h_a) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 1 N: 58] (379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/550 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 19:12
Viewed: 3927
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mallard Duck ( Anas platyrhynchos ) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. It is easy to tell the males from the female mallards. Most male mallards have grayish or brownish feathers, a green colored head, and a purple breast. On the other hand, the female is only brown and white and is maller than the male. The length of the normal mallard is about 50-60 cm. ( 20.5 -28 in.). Mallards molt in late spring or early summer. The males molt earlier than the females.

The mallard duck is found mostly in North America and Northern Central America. They nest under boulders, in tree holes, in the crotch of trees, or in open areas.

Mallards are omnivores. They eat various seeds including corn, wheat, barley, bulrushes, wild rice, primrose, willow, seeds of water elm, oak, hackberry, trees of swamps or river bottoms. They will also eat mollusks, insects, small fish, tadpoles, freshwater snails, fish eggs, and frogs. They usually feed at the surface of the water and are known as "dabbling ducks". They don't dive all the way under the water, but just tip their heads under to feed.

To breed, the male attracts the female mate by ruffling his bright feathers. But the pair usually does not stay together for long. The male mallard, or drake, leaves the female when she begins incubation and forms a group with other males. Nine to thirteen eggs are laid at daily intervals. Incubation begins when the clutch is complete and lasts for 27 to 28 days. The ducklings all hatch within 24 hours, mostly during the day. Once they are hatched they are led to water. Mallards mature quickly and may breed under 12 months of age. Although mallard ducks have been known to live as long as sixteen years of age, most of them only live for one or two years.

During the summer, mallards spend much time asleep on water banks. The mallard has only three defenses- swimming, flying, and camouflage, and it is prey to large mammals. Mallards have no defense against humans who are their biggest enemy. Many are killed by oil spills and pesticides.

Photo was taken during our trip in Giethoorn, carfree town known in the Netherlands as Venice of the North. In the old part of the village, there were no roads, and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals.

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Hi Alex,
Great sharpness, nice details, and neat.
Very nice natural colors.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Alex,
Very good POV used to catch this mallard.
I like the pose, that let us admire all the feathers and their colors with good details.
The central composition works pretty well.
Very complete and informative your note.
Well done, thanks for share and best reagrds,
JM

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-26 6:19]

Beau canard et belle couleurs. Bravo pour la composition et les détails.
Merci!
Joseph

Shaloom Alex,

I recall some Dutchies trying to teach my kids to say "Mooie Eendjes" ... This is a "mooie eend"... I like the natural setting. Find the coloration a wee pale... So I tried a WS.
Done that in two steps, as I was not totally happy after #1.
Hope you like!

Btw. Are you away? Tfs. Jay

PS Very nice Note! I hope this duck didn't have trouble getting "run over" on the water highways!

Hi Alex,

Very nice pose of this mallard duck.
Excellent details and sharpness, beautiful colours.
Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

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