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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-18 2:21
Viewed: 3604
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Pintails at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Pintail (Anas acuta)

In: Common Pintail Ca: Ŕnec cuallarg Da: Spidsand De: Spießente Es: Anade rabudo Fi: jouhisorsa Fr: Canard pilet It: Codone Nl: Pijlstaart No: Stjertand Pt: Arrábio Sv: Stjärtand US: Northern Pintail Ru: Шилохвость

The drake Pintail is perhaps the most handsome of our ducks, the very epitome of grace and elegance. His most distinctive identification feature is the wavy white stripe extending up the side of his otherwise brown neck, but birds with their necks hidden can still be told by their white chests, grey bodies, black and yellow undertails and of course, the long spiky tails. The female Pintail lacks the colourful plumage and the tail spike but are still unmistakably elegant, with slender, almost swan-like necks, small plain heads and long slim grey bills. In flight the Pintail looks distinctively slender thanks mainly to their long necks and long pointed tails. In both male and female, it is the white trailing edge to the speculum which is most conspicuous.

Breeds on moorland by lochs and pools, and also in marshes. Winters on estuaries and marshes.

Many birds winter in western Europe, particularly Britain, Holland, Belgium and France from September-April. In particularly harsh winters many of these birds move further South, especially to the Coto Donana.

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Hi Pekka, splendid focus on lovely couple, beautiful composition with splendid poppies and fantastic light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-18 4:54]

Hello Pekka,
What an amazing beautiful light on the Pintails. Great warm colours. Very sharp focus and an excellent composition.

hello pekka

Great shot of this couple of ducks. Good sharpness and détails,
the color of the water is amazing
greetings jacqueline

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-18 6:54]

Hi Pekka,
What a cute scane!Well caught,framed and composed.I liked exposure,colors and lighting also a lot.
Thanks for posting.

I like the glass like appearance of the water. The birds are well caught and the bolus of a male and a female in one shot for easy comparison.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-18 8:09]

Hello Pekka,
A nice shot on this pair of Pintail Ducks. Nice soft light. The colors and detail look very good here. Nice one!
Best regards Siggi

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-18 9:13]

Hello Pekka,
what an outstanding capture.
Simply perfect.
Have a great day

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-18 10:22]

Hi Pekka,

This pair of Pintails is just wonderful. I love seeing them swimming next to each other. Beautiful lighting and colors - the faces and eyes are magnificent. The little duck's open beak is adorable. Excellent details of the faces and plummage. And the water is amazing!!


amazing couple, amazing light, TFS Ori

hello Pekka

an excellent shot of this pair of Pintails,
with veru fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details of the subjects
and foreground's waves, very beautiful golden light
on the subjects, the catch-lights of the eyes of both
of the ducks adds a plus to the image, TFS


Hi Pekka,
this is an attractive capture and the light of the low sun imparts such a beautiful warm glow to the pair of ducks.This capture shows well the difference between the sexes and it is hard to believe sometimes birds that look so different from one another can be the same species.A photo with a great looking light and thank you for sharing it with us. Bob

What a lovely pair of these Pintails swimming together and enjoying life, Pekka.
I can see the pleasure in their postures.
A brilliant shot in which both birds look golden and glorious.
Thanks for sharing the picture and best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-19 6:00]

Hello Pekka, Fantastic shot and what a superb color. Sharp picture filled with a lot of lighting. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-19 14:18]

Hi Pekka,
a great shot of these Pintails.
Very good colours.
Excellent DOF.
Well composed.
Nice warm light.

Well done,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-06 1:17]

Dear Pekka,
I chose an older post of yours to wish you and family a healthy and peaceful New Year.
This i chose for the elegance displayed by the beautiful pintail captured in a beautiful lighting.On reading the accompanying notes, i realised i was right about their features and grace. The tones in the frame created by the light enhances the beauty of this pair gliding away.The space in the right gives a larger dimension to the whole shot.

Both the birds look as if they are smiling.The smooth chocolate brown sheen on the male's head make him even more handsome to look at.The female (as in most species) i realise is less rich in her features but makes herself a suitable pair for her man.Fine PoV and excellent clarity.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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