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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/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-19 0:58
Viewed: 3386
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Wigeon drake at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

In: Eurasian Wigeon Ca: └nec xiulador Da: Pibeand De: Pfeifente Es: Silbˇn europeo Fi: haapana Fr: Canard siffleur It: Fischione Nl: Smient No: Brunnakke Pt: Piadeira Sv: Blńsand US: Eurasian Wigeon Ru: Свиязь

The drake Wigeon is unmistakable with his rufous head and orange crown although from a distance it may be the white horizontal line on the body and the black and white rear end that you notice first. The female is relatively distinctive for a dabbling duck since she is darker, plainer and more rufous than other females with a characteristic head shape: steep at the front, rounded at the back and with a small grey bill. Wigeon often feed in short grass so that are often seen out of the water when, in all plumages, they show a neat rounded white belly patch. In flight, Wigeon are fast fliers with pointed tails and white bellies. The males have an unmissable white patch in the forewing but in females this is duller grey.

Breeds on moorland near lochs, rivers and pools. Winters on estuaries, reservoirs, gravel pits and flooded fields.

Birds arrive on breeding grounds in April-May, and arrive on their wintering grounds during August-September.

uleko, siggi, eng55, nglen, rousettus, Adanac, CeltickRanger, jaycee has marked this note useful
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Hello Pekka Valo ,
A very good presentaion of the wigeon.perfect sharpness with a good POV and nice sharpness!

great contrast bet the duck and the water, I would crop out the lower part, tFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-19 3:34]

Hej Pekka,
Lovely capture of this Wigeon one of my favourite ducks! Great focus and beautiful light. Excellent sharp details of the markings and the 'golden' head. I like the space in front but maybe I would have cropped it more above.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-19 3:46]

Hi Pekka
very nice colors
very good sharp
well done.

beautiful colours and details!

Hi Pekka, beautiful anas with splendid colors, good details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-19 9:05]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice capture of this Wigeon. The bird is beautiful and you did well with exposure and focus. Fine POV and comp also.
TFS, Best regards Siggi

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-19 9:17]

Hello Pekka,
stunning capture.
Great colour and detail
Have a wonderful day

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-19 10:14]

Hi Pekka,
Lovely capture.POV,colors,lighting and details are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Pekka
Saw plenty of these today at Keyhaven! Great shot showing the winter plumage in the golden winter sun. Love the detail on the feathers.
Kind Regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-19 11:25]

Hi Pekka. You have taken this colourful duck with good detail and bright colours. Once again with the lens and converter you must have been a fair distance away so you have a good picture. well done TFS.

I will say happy christmas before you fly home.

Pekka, nice capture of this beautiful duck. The colors and the detail in the plummage is great. Good job!!!


Hello Pekka
what a nice capture for beautiful wigeon. great focus, POV, lighting and colors. Nicely composed. I captured many duck species, but I cant do for it. I'd like to capture such a great shot. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-19 16:35]

Hello Pekka,
Great capture of this Widgeon, thanks for sharing.

hello Pekka

excellent shot of the Wigeon drake with fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, catch-light at point,
excellent contrast between the Wigeon's warm colour tones
and the water's cold colour tones, TFS


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-20 2:53]

Pekka, So beautiful and very nice shot. Lovely sharpness Ganesh

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-20 11:32]

Hi Pekka,

This Wigeon has the most glorious colors! The feathers are beautiful with wonderful details. The face, beak and eye are adorable. He contrasts so nicely with the water. The water is excellent too - I love the ripples.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-20 12:25]

Hi Pekka,
this is a very, very good photograph of this Wigeon.
Very good composition.
Lovely warm colours.
Excellent DOF.

Superb work!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-20 12:49]

Hello Pekka,
Nice one of a Wigeon drake taken from a great POV to show the splendour of his plumage with excellent colours and sharpness. The lighting and composition are great too.
TFS this beauty,
Kind regards,

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