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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
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2-, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 1:51
Viewed: 3741
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Pintail drake spreading his wings at RSPB Dungenes 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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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-13 2:30]

Hej Pekka!
Superb action shot of this lovely Pintail in beautiful light. Great focus on the beautiful head and fine details. I like the rippled blue water as a background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-13 4:20]

Hello Pekka,
Fantastic photo in very beautiful warm light. Excellent pose - timing. Great sharpness and details. Very good BG and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-13 5:02]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice actionshot of a beautiful subject. Very good light and very good composition. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

hello Pekka

this one is among your best photographys,
a very very beautiful photo of the Pintail drake
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
a lovely golden light coming on the duck
and it doeas a great contrast with the water's colour tones,
and also i love this kind of photographys of ducks
with their open/close wings action,

the sharpness and details are excellent,
and the catch-light render the image more beautiful, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-13 9:23]

Hi Pekka,

What a marvelous pose as he spreads his wings!! Great timing to capture that. The Pintail Drake is beautiful and the lighting makes him glow. I love the excellent details of the wings. The ripples and reflections in the water are lovely.


Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful pintailed duck. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-13 12:13]

Hi Pekka. Well this one is showing use where it goot its name from. This was taken just at the right momment. Very good detail and colours. well done TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-13 12:24]

merhaba Pekka
wonderful capture with good timing
i like composition, POV, light, colours and sharpness

Hello Pekka,
Excellent picture of this Anas acuta in special pose. Very interesting species unknown for my.
TFS. Best Regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-13 21:13]

Hello Pekka,
Nice capture of this pintail is some golden light. I like that you froze the action here Pekka. Thank you for sharing.

Ciao Pekka, lovely Pintail in great pose, splendid light and wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 3:03]

Hi Pekka,
the quality in this one just wonderful, with warm rich colours, superb composition, details and a perfect DOF.. VERY WELL DONE.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-14 3:10]

Hello Pekka
You did a marvellous capture of this beautiful Pintail. I like a lot the POV and the timing with its wings spread. Great sharpness and fantastic light and DOF.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-14 14:35]

Hi Pekka,
a very good shot of this Pintail.
Superb composition.
Great pose.
Lovely 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)
  • [2009-01-20 23:34]

Hi again Pekka
I dont think i have been impressed by any other duck photographs before... (except that of Gert-Ellis 49).The pose is magnificent and the details on the wings rich.You made the best use of the sunlight streaming in from the left...it highlights the plumage excellently.The eye with the catchlight and the sheen on the body of the bird makes this another jewel in your gallery.
My compliments,
P.S:Wud love to add this to my "unforgettable theme"

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