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Miss Wigeon

Miss Wigeon
Photo Information
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, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-22 2:03
Viewed: 3108
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Wigeon 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.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-22 2:10]

Hello Pekka,
The exposure and focus is spot on in this shot
the clarity on the plummage is very good with details.good colouration too.
well done and well composed
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-22 2:14]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent photo of this Wigeon in great sharp details and beautiful light and clear colours. Very good POV, pose and composition.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-22 6:22]

Hi Pekka
very nice colors
very good sharp
well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-22 10:19]

Hi Pekka,

Now we meet the lady - how nice. She's not quite as striking looking as the drake but she is a pretty little thing. Nice natural colors and good details. She looks happy in the nice water.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-22 11:32]

Hi Pekka,This is a good close up of the Female Wigeon . This must have been taken from a far distance with the 500 and 1.4 conveter . Good colours and detail. well done TFS.

Hi Pekka, lovely miss from you, wonderful reflections, splendid colors, fine details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Pekka
Its male is more colorful, but Miss Wigeon also very beautiful. You captured it with a great shot. focus, POV, eyes contact and composition very nice. good informative notes. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

hello Pekka

excellent shot of Miss Wigeon with fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful luminosity of the image, excellent sharpness
and details of the Wigeon, TFS


  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2008-12-22 18:51]

hi Pekka

Very nice composed view of the wigeon swiming, with the water ripples giving a nice color contrast and backdrop, as if the lady is swimming steadily.

tfs, bill

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-23 14:52]

Hi Pekka,
a superb shot of this Wigeon.
Very good sharpness.
Superb lighting.
Great composition.

Well done,

Hi Pekka, excellent capture of this beautiful female wigeon in fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.
By the way, thanks for your kind wishes on my Birthday my friend!


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