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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: 2009-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 800, Sigma EX APO DG Teleconv. 2x
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 5:12
Viewed: 4476
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Smew drake at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve. These are very difficult ducks to photograph as they are very timid and keep on diving all the time. Most of the pictures here in TN seem to be taken of captive ones (in UK Wetlands & Wildfowl Centres).

From Birdguides:

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

In: Smew Ca: Bec de serra petit Da: Lille Skallesluger De: Zwergsäger Es: Serreta chica Fi: uivelo Fr: Harle piette It: Pesciaiola Nl: Nonnetje No: Lappfiskand Pt: Merganso-pequeno Sv: Salskrake US: Smew Ru: Луток

The male is unmistakable - entirely white with sparse black lines. The female resembles a small female Goldeneye with her grey body, white wing panel and reddish brown head, but the large and conspicuous pale cheek patch is distinctive. This pattern may cause confusion with Slavonian Grebe or Ruddy Duck but the Smew is bigger headed and thicker necked than the Grebe and lacks the horizontal face stripe of a female Ruddy duck or the black crown of an eclipse male.

Breeds in trees beside lakes. Winters on lakes, reservoirs and estuaries.

Smew migrate from their main breeding grounds in Finland and Russia, to inland and coastal regions of western Europe, mainly around southern parts of the Baltic and North Seas, as well as the Black and Caspian Seas.

siggi, haraprasan, nglen, eng55, CeltickRanger, ferranjlloret, Argus, uleko, efsus has marked this note useful
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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2009-01-30 5:43]

A dream bird for me. Very good photo TFS Pekka.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-30 6:10]

Hi Pekka,

A good wild capture of this timid duck,the picture is a bit soft,but I supposed you cropped the picture (and you used a 2x teleconvertor as well) anyway well worth the upload a relative new one on TN,thanks


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-30 9:38]

Hello Pekka,
very nice capture of this Smew. Wondefully sharp details, good color and light.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Pekka,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Smew bird. Excellent sharp 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)
  • [2009-01-30 10:13]

Hi Pekka. This is a Duck i have not seen before so thanks for posting . You have done well to get this picture. It shows the bird in good warm light. The details stand out well TFS.

Hi Pekka
Well done on getting any kind of image of this elusive bird! Good exposure and detail and I like the golden light.
Kind Regards

very nice capture, great composition, TFS Ori

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-30 13:06]

Hi Pekka,
Wonderful capture of this rare bird.Details are sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting.

hello Pekka

i will start to thank you to show us speecies of ducks
that i din't know before this moment, shot with fine POV, DOF
and framing, beautiful warm luminosity coming on the duck,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


HI Pekka,
A very nice capture, with a great composition and POV.
TFS and best regards. Ferran.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-31 2:43]

Hello Pekka,
Yes I know how difficult Smews are to photograph and I have not yet succeeded in taking a shot that I am pleased with.
This is a pretty good capture of a male taken from a great POV with fine lighting and sharpness. I shall keep trying!
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-31 4:00]

Hello Pekka,
This little Duck is such a beauty and you did well capturing this one as they're hard to get close to. Beautiful light and colours and well composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-31 6:12]

Merhaba Pekka,
Bizim Türkçede "Sütlabi" dediğimiz bu güzel ördeğin başarılı bir karesi bu. Oldukça zorlu ve nazlı bir kuş olduğundan böylesi bir kare çekmek çok kolay değil. Emeğine sağlık.


Ciao Pekka, great capture of lovely duck, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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