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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
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Copyright: Gordana Maljkovic (Goca) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-04 6:33
Viewed: 8292
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo on a very cold january morning at the Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust Wetlands, near Southport in Lancashire, England.
These Wetlands are filled with thousands of beautiful water birds from as far away as Africa and USA.
But of all the different varieties that congregate there I think that the Mandarin Duck is the most colourful and beautiful of them all.
In the photo is a male duck, which is more colourful than the grey female, although when it moults it resembles the female. When in flight the green patches on the underside of the wings become very conspicuous.

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Bonitos colores y encuadre, aunque lástima ya que le falta un poquito de enfoque.
Un saludo Gordana: J. Ignasi.

hello Gordana

Such attractive color of this duck that is a joy to watch and you have captured the view very nicely by focus on the duck and a little of rippled water around it.

I would say the sharpness can be better to make it more impressive, but you have done a nice shot here at close up. Good work.

tfs, bill


I think you've made the right choice. I'd definitely concentrate my efforts on getting a good shot of this duck as well - it is truly beautiful. You've ended up with a good shot of this beauty however, here is what I would try to improve on:
If this duck is a regular visitor at this wetland, I'd try to shoot it again with a lower POV - I found this provides a different, more interesting perspective when shooting birds. Your sharpness and DOF could be improved a bit as well. I know it is hard to keep your camera steady on a cold winter day but a bit more sharpness would help this shot.

Best Regards,


Hello Gordana

A very good capture of this beautiful drake.
The plumage is terrific.
Excellent POV.


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