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Sitting pretty

Sitting pretty
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, EF 200mm f2.8 L/II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Exotic Ducks Of The World, Joe's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-09 18:39
Viewed: 9120
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mandarin duck
Aix galericulata

This is a drake (male), just resting by the side of a stream. Here's a picture of his mate for comparison

As with so many duck species these birds are significantly sexually dimorphic - in other words the male and female don't look the same ;)

The Mandarin is a native of China and Japan, but also breeds in feral populations in the UK - as a result of captive escaped birds.

The birds are usually long distance migrants in their native habitats, with some birds flying more than 500 miles a day!

This species is herbivorous, eating mainly water plants.

Tech: ISO100, RAW, converted using Canon DPP.
Post: Crop, Resize, Curves, USM.

Luc, TAZ, carper, Janice, Runnerduck, hummingbird24, JeanMichel, momos, archanabhimasen, ScottHale, lovenature, vanderschelden, gringalissime has marked this note useful
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Que passaro lindo...que cores lindas...
Bela foto...

Hi Adrian,

Nice pict, but I think the sharpness is a little bit to much.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-09 20:18]

Wow, Adrian. what a beauty! You caught this mandarin duck in a most dramatic presentation. It is a gorgeous photo, with sharp details, superb colors, and really stunning composition. Thanks : )

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-09 20:39]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Adrian.

Fantastic colors and great POV. Really beautiful Adrian.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-10 2:01]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce superbe canard. Splendides couleurs et bonne PdC.
Very well done !

It is a very good shot here Adrian,
I like the good composition, the good balance in the shot, the fantastic colours and the very good pof, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-04-10 3:35]

What a coloful duck!You capture with good details.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-10 4:11]

It looks more like a painting Adrian. I think it is the most colourful duck there it. Wonderful capture, great colours and details. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-10 4:25]

Wow! Razorsharp details, superb colors, well composed, great POV & DOF. Not nits whatsoever; this is good! TFS!

A superb shot of this oot male. Composition is great. I read recently that they are also at Virginia Waters.
The detail here is incredible, you have captured all his colours, and they are so vibrant.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Always a lovely sight, this crown jewel of the Anserinae family !

Nice shot, very good POV and BG. The colours are great.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-10 5:48]

Wow, the colors here are striking! The composition is excellent and I like the POV.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Very colorful duck, I like how detailed it is and the great DOF you accomplished. Good colors and composition, regards, Iris

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-11 3:29]

Gorgeous colours and great details. Well done.

How remarkable that any creature should be so adorned as this drake! You have captured him very well and given us a wonderful example of the many colors, and detail in his plumage.
A fine composition Adrian, thank you.

Simply superb! fantastic detail and clarity of image. Effective DOF and excellent composition, great work Adrian.

This is a real beauty, Adrian. Plumage is incredibly rich. You've also got a very nice pose with the duck perhaps on his nicest profile. I like the way he looks quietly at you. Perfectly sharp subject on the right BG.

Very lovely composition here, Adrian. I really like those colors and how they contrast with the surroundings. I didn't know these ducks were herbivores. Thanks for the notes!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-23 20:33]

Adrian, what a colorful and beautiful shot.

Excellent sharpness, pov, pose and composition.

The blurred bg works really nicely.

A joyful and pleasant shot.

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-06-26 21:44]

Τα χρώματα τηε πάπιας που φωτογράφισες Adrian είναι φανταστικά. Πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία. Μπράβο!!! (gr)

You really make me want a telephoto lens, Adrian. This is a spectacular capture with amazing color and perfect sharpness. Thanks for sharing!


Wow Adrian, this is a fantastic picture of a spectacular bird. The focus is sharp, the DOF as well as the composition is perfect. Well done and thanks for sharing this.


Very nice composition with an amazing sharpness.
Good job.
PS : thanks for your visit to my gallery

Adrian wonderful shot of the duck

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  • mano Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 5] (48)
  • [2005-10-22 15:47]

Fantastic colours. Bravo !! exellent shot.


AWESOME shot....This goes to my favourites!!! looks like a painting!

Great shot,

Great coulors, sharpness, great POV, thanks for sharing

I enjoy this nice eye-level photograph. Good focus on the Mandarin Duck, they are very interesting birds. I never knew there was a term for sexually dimorphic, I appreciate your well written notes. Your OOF BG is perfect. The catch-light in the eyes is superb. Fine Work,

Exceptional colours on the Mandarin Duck Adrian!
Wonderful detail and composition. The background is nicely out of focus and brings all the attention toward this gorgeous duck. TFS Janice

Technically and aesthetically very well done.
I make it one of my favorites.

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  • greg (0)
  • [2009-05-13 12:19]

hi adrian! haven't seen you in a long while!

I was looking at a couple of these living wild in Berlin last weekend. It's astonishing how pretty they are. So globalisation goes for ducks, too...

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