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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: 2008-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 1:53
Viewed: 3013
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Gadwalls at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

In: Gadwall Ca: Ānec griset Da: Knarand De: Schnatterente Es: Anade friso Fi: harmaasorsa Fr: Canard chipeau It: Canapiglia Nl: Krakeend No: Snadderand Pt: Frisada Sv: Snatterand US: Gadwall Ru: Серая утка

The male is unusually drab for a dabbling duck, his grey-brown plumage highlighted only by his completely black rear end and occasional views of the white in his wing. The female is most similar to a Mallard but is easily identified if she opens her wing slightly to show the white patch. If this is hidden look for whether your problem bird is slightly smaller and greyer than a Mallard with a distinctive bill pattern: black down the centre but neatly yellow-orange along the sides. In flight, all Gadwall have white bellies and a diagnostic square white patch in the inner secondaries.

Breeds on lakes and pools with extensive reeds. Winters on lakes, reservoirs and estuaries.

The courtship diplays often involve groups of males swimming round in small circles, calling and sometimes jostling each other. Often, but not always, there will be a female at the centre of such a circle

Most of the European population (roughly 25 000 birds) winters in Western Europe, from August onwards to April

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-09 2:17]

Hello Pekka,
A nice shot on this pair of Gadwalls . Nice soft light. The colors and detail look very good here. Nice one!
Best regards

Hi Pekka, my today neighbour, beautiful drinking couple with wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-09 6:14]

Hello Pekka,
A fine capture of a pair of Gadwall having a mutual dabble. I like the POV and composition and one can compare the male and female well in this image.
Kind regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-09 12:26]

Hi Pekka. I have never seen this duck before i have a lot to learn . Your picture shows the pair so well with good detail in the markings so we can see the difference. good natural colours . well done TFS. interesting notes too.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-09 15:11]

Hi Pekka

Great timing and excellent division of the frame.


hello Pekka

excellent shot of this ducks with a fine very low POV
to be at their level, also fine DOF, excellent sharpness and details,



hello pekka,
your timing for this capture is perfect, i liked the pose, the pov and the composition very much, the pair looks great,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-10 4:11]

Hello Pekka, beautiful pose and a superb one. Excellent clarity ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-12 12:20]

An intimate photo of these two Gadwalls.
The lighting is perfect.
Razor-sharp and full of detail.
Excellent composition.

Very well done,

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