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Happy 2008 to all TN Members

Happy 2008 to all TN Members
Photo Information
Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-01 3:31
Viewed: 3804
Points: 42
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Happy 2008

Just wishing all TN members Best Wishes for 2008, heres to good health and happiness and more great shot to share, thanks for all your shots from 2007.

The Muscovy Duck

My local park got some Muscovy Ducks as new inhabitants this year and after hiding behind the Park Keepers shed for a few months they actually made there debut last week

The Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata, is a large duck which is native to Mexico, Central and South America. A small wild population reaches into the US in the lower Rio Grande River basin in Texas. There also are feral breeding populations in North America in and around public parks in nearly every state of the USA and in the Canadian provinces. Although the Muscovy Duck is a tropical bird, it adapts to icy and snowy conditions down to -12C (10F) and below without ill effects.

Notes for the Muscovy Duck from Wilkipedia.com

Added Gaussien Blur to Frosty Grass BG as it looked a bit distracting
Added Border
The tip of the Beak has Frost on

pablominto, JoseMiguel, Alex99, jaycee, loot, angela926, Luis52, Adanac, ramthakur, angybone, hester, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hello Hilary,
Ahhhh, I like this fellow!
Maybe not the prettiest of ducks, but he for sure has personality...
Good portrait with fine details, well composed presentation!
And I wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR will come your way!
Seasonal greetings from a chilly Norway,
Pablo -

Hi Hilary,
This is a fascinating portrait!
I like very much the exotic appearance of this ducks, and I found them so photogenic ones.
It's very good the close approach and the way you filled the frame with it.
Wish you a Happy New Year!
Warm regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-01 7:27]

Hi, dear Hilary.
Happy 2008 to you too.
What a solid gentlemen (I think this is male). Terrific high end quality portrait work. Perfect POV and farming/composition. Great light and reproduction of all details including white feathers. BG is so nice as main subject. My congratulations and wishes to see you here more often.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-01 7:56]

Hi Hil,

A wonderful portrait of this Muscovy Duck. The colors are magnificent. Wonderful details - the eye is amazing. A very Happy New Year to you and your family.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-01 10:02]

Hi Hilary,

A sharp and colorfull upload of this grass eating duck,well captured with good POV,best wishes and photographing pleasure for 2008,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-01 12:50]

Hello Hilary,
Excellent sharp portrait of this Duck. Very good composition and colours.
I wish you a very good (photografic) and healthy 2008,

Hello Hilary, that's a great close up shot, excellent sharpness and dof, great background. very nice detail and pretty vibrant colors. well done!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-01 15:47]

Hi Hilary. What a nice portrait of this "Muscovy Duck" We konw them as Mexican duck. I also have one here too, but in black color. maybe they can be friends too. They are very big ducks.
Exelent sharpness and great camera work.
Have a Happy new Year Hilary.
Regards from Mexico.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-01 19:06]

Hi Hilary,
Outstanding beginning to the new year. Wonderful shot. Wish you give us such beautiful images to enjoy throughout 2008, MF. I eagerly look foward to every moment here on TN with you and our entire community.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-01 20:43]

Hello Hil,
What a mastreful closeup with stunning colors and details. Thanks and Happy New Year Hil.

Hilary, this Duck surely represents the spirit of Christmas and New Year with its start colours red and white.
Thanks for sharing this wonderfull portrait and wish you too a Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too! (A little late but it still counts)
I particularly like the eye...you captured something deeper there...
check it out...no matter where you go, this duck watches you.
Good stuff!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-03 7:52]
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Hi Hilary

Thanks for your good wishes and for this lovely image. With appreciation for all the other wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year and may there still be loads and loads of the same for the coming year.

As we now have entered into the New Year...
may it open up more opportunities for you,
lead you unto the path of continued success,
happiness & good health.

Take time to enjoy God's creation and live life to the full.

A wonderful 2008 for YOU and your loved ones.

Best regards

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-05 13:54]

Hi Hilary

What a beautiful ugly duck! I love the mouthful of greens. Nice tight framing, sharp details and excellent DOF.

Have a great 2008



Hi Hil,

You have some amazing pictures in your gallery - you've clearly got a talent for photography. And you've done really well with one too. The pov is perfect and you have mastered the light really well - it would have been easy to burn out the highlights, but you haven't. The level of detail and dof is also great.


Hi Hilary,
Well composed portrait with great exposure and detail. Nice eye contact, color and BG too :)
A belated HNY to you!

Hi Hilary!
Happy New Year to you too. I hope that you are doing fine! This is a beautiful close-up of this strange looking bird. Details, exposure and composition are perfect and you chose a very good composition. My Best Wishes to you,

Hello Hilary, greetings for the new year too, sorry a bit late. What a wonderful sharp shot with good details in the eye. A superb portrait. Best rgds, Necip

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-18 18:27]

Hi Hilaary,

What a face, I'm pretty sure that this duck has character. Great portrait with gorgeous whites and lovely background. Well done!


Hello Hil,
I was missed this beautifull portrait,
excellent focus and great management of exposure on this one,
excellent work,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-19 19:17]

Hello Hil

What a unique looking bird.
Handsome lad.
The details here are sharp,and you have managed excellent eye contact.
Well saturated colours,they are vibrant.
Very good exposure on the white plumage.
Nicely done.


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