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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-21 7:47
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The Mallard is 56–65 cm long, has a wingspan of 81–98 cm, and weighs 0.9–1.2 kg. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a yellowish orange (can also contain some red) bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark brown bill in females). The female Mallard is light brown, like most female dabbling ducks. However, both the female and male Mallards have distinct purple speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest (though temporarily shedded during the annual summer molt).

Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. The clutch is 8–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledgling. The ducklings are precocial, and can swim and feed themselves on insects as soon as they hatch, although they stay near the female for protection.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks.

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Buna Marius,
Felicitari pentru aceasta fotografie excelenta a speciei,culori si detalii minunate.
Numai bine,Tibi

Buna marius,
O poza de familie in lumina splendida, culorile si detaliiile sunt foarte frumoase, felicitari!

Hi Marius,
what a nice family. A lot of details. Perfect point of view. Nice reflections in water.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Marius. Outstanding! Real masterpiece MF!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-21 10:54]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic clarity in this photo. Beautiful colours and excellent sharpness and details. Taken from a very good POV.

hello Marius
'super scharpness and great details
the colours and light are beautiful
great shot thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely family, fascinating reflections, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marius.
Splendida immagine di questa mamma germano con i suoi piccoli anatroccoli,ben fotografata,con un’ottima nitidezza,stupendi colori, molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-21 14:24]

Hi Marius,very nice to see the first results of the love season,magnificent and lucky capture and great and original composition,fantastic quality as usual and beautiful reflections too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Beautiful scene Marius! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

Hello Marius,
great capture of this Mallard family with a wonderful composition and nice reflections on the water. I also like the fine sharpness and the natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Marius
Wonderful capture of this family.Great POV and composition,wonderful colours and reflections.
Thank You
Have a nice day!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-23 12:31]

Very beautiful family pic!



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-27 4:39]

Hello Marius,
Somehow I missed this sunny and cute scene.. so lovely to see this Mallard-mother and her babies. The surface of the water is almost a mirror, so calm and clean, amazing.. interesting and special composition with the ducks forming the middle-line of the shot.
Have a nice Sunday
Kind regards

Hello Marius,
What a beautiful photograph of little ones with mother. Very sharp and excellent details.
Thanks and have a nice WE,
Best regards,

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