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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/7.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-20 7:01
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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Pintail drakes flying at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Pintail (Anas acuta)

In: Common Pintail Ca: └nec cuallarg Da: Spidsand De: Spie▀ente Es: Anade rabudo Fi: jouhisorsa Fr: Canard pilet It: Codone Nl: Pijlstaart No: Stjertand Pt: Arrßbio Sv: Stjńrtand 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!!
Superb shot!!!! Excellent composition and very good sharpness, fine details. Good colors and BG. INteresting species and note. TFP. Best regards. Ferran

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-20 10:19]

Hello Pekka,
Very,very nice in-flight capture of these Pintails. I liked the POV, focus, exposure control and sharpness. Well done and TFS
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-20 10:42]

Hi Pekka,

This trio of in-flight Pintail Drakes is just marvelous. All three are in perfect focus. The colors are gorgeous, the details of all faces, wings and plumage are magnificent. You captured them in wonderful poses and the three are in a lovely formation. The background and composition are the finishing touches to a great shot.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-20 11:18]

Hi Pekka. This is a first class inflight shot of the Pintails. One is good but to get all three in the one shot is spot on. Grat detail and rich colours. It looks as if you had fair light and you have used it so well. TFS.

hello Pekka!
excellent color graphics and shooting.....
I love the colors that make the BG patinated background and the time of the flight you've been able to manage so well

compiments sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-20 12:08]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent photo. Most of all I like the clear colours and composition. All three are razor sharp. Splendid contrast against the very beautiful BG.

Great shot, I like how the birds really jump out of the background. It's a great shot. TFS

great capture, almost like a painting, TFS Ori

Hi Pekka
At first glane I thought you made a copy-paste with one of the ducks. They look like clones! Until I saw the wings
Great result

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2009-01-20 14:43]

Hi Pekka
Superb inflight action shot with lovely light and color.
Crystal clear image with fine detail and nice timing.
tfs jon

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-20 14:44]

Hi Pekka,this is a really masterpiece! I dream one day to take a pic like that,the quality is impressive,surely one of your best on TN!! My best compliments and thanks to show us this professional work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Pekka,
spectacular picture of these in-flight Pintails taken at just right moment from an excellent POV in a very nice compopsition; very good sharp; i like very much the splendid OOF BG.
TFS. Best regards.

hello Pekka

WOW ! what a lovely photography of these 3 Pintail drakes in-flight,
shot with fine POV, beautiful luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-20 22:37]

Hi Pekka,
Outstanding in-flight shot of these great looking Pintails and you have freezed this action moment so beautifully. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and perfect lighting. The OOF BG is so special. Marvellous composition.

Pekka merhaba,harika ŘšlŘ bir ušar kompozisyon,šok uataca bir šekim,šok beğendim šooook,ellerine sağlık :)

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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 23:27]

Hi Pekka,
Three in frame...Wow...An absolutely dreamlike stunning image excellent in all technical aspects and beauty.The birds look so graceful and the buttery smoothness has a very fine effect.I am enthralled by this composition that combines your creative spirit with aesthetic appeal.The PoV and the DoF is perfect and I wish some day i am able to do this!!!!
Thanks a lot...straight into my favourites

Hi Pekka
Fantastic in-flight capture of one of my favourite duck species. Lovely warm light and great details. Top work!

Hi Pekka,
Great capture, I like it a lot..
Hard to get all three in so well.
I like the comp, POV, and the BG is wonderful :)

Hallo Pekka
What a delightful shot of these "triplets" in flight. It is colourful, jam packet with detail and pleasant to look at. I am actually stunned by the way you caught all 3 of them in a freeze framed moment, without any signs of movement. I like your backdrop separated in 2 different colours, as it adds to the viewing pleasure. Thanks for sharing this in-air-in-action-motion-shot.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-21 6:01]

Hi Pekka,
Magnificent in flight capture.I liked harmonious colors,exposure,eye contacts,composition and visual impact a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Pekka, an expertly focused and composed shot of these cute pintails in-flight. i loved this fine capture MF!
TFS and cheers,

Hi Pekka, superb composition with splendid flying trio, fantastic colors, wonderful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of these pintail drakes in flight. Sharp details with excellent timing and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


A truly superb image which has obviously taken immaculate timing. I think in my honest opinion one of the best I have ever seen from your good self.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-21 20:31]

Hello Pekka, Great shot and lovely. The BG is just fantastic. I wonder what is the blue in the BG. The shot is so focussed and with lovely color tones. TFS Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-22 0:41]

Hi Pekka

This is a beautiful in-flight of these 3 pintails!
The pose you've caught them in is terrific and also adds a little optimism to the viewer - going up :)
The colors are all gorgeous and the sharpness on all 3 of them is impeccable...and considering that all this was done and a (huge) focal length of 700mm, that's even more impressive!
The only nit here would be the blown parts from the sides and necks of the pintails...but this is a minor one and doesn't take away from the beuty of the entire scene.
Lovely work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Pekka,
Very good depth of field and shutter speed. In other word good camrea settings as all birds are sharp depth of field wise as well as shutter speed wise...
Nicely done

hi pekka!

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