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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 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-06 11:06
Viewed: 4783
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Teal drake at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Teal (Anas crecca)

In: Common Teal Ca: Xarxet comú Da: Krikand De: Krickente Es: Cerceta común Fi: tavi Fr: Sarcelle d'hiver It: Alzavola Nl: Wintertaling No: Krikkand Pt: Marrequinha Sv: Kricka US: Common Teal Ru: Чирок-свистунок

The drake has a grey body, dark head and white line along the body like a male Wigeon but the Teal is much smaller and with an obvious yellow, almost white, triangular patch at the rear end. The female often has to be identified by her small size and plain grey bill but look out for the green patch in the speculum and the pale line along the edge of the tail. In flight, Teal are fast and agile, their small size, dark body and pointed wings making them appear almost like waders. Many books recommend the green speculum (that's the coloured panel in the secondaries) as the best field mark but, more realistically, look for a short but broad white line across the inner wing, more conspicuous than on any other British duck.

Breeds on moorland lakes and pools with well vegetated margins. Winters on reservoirs, pools, estuaries and marshes.

Birds from northern Europe move south, where they winter from September-April.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-06 11:08]

Hello Pekka,
Great photo of this Teal from an excellent low POV. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Nice DOF.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-06 11:12]

Hi Pekka, This is a fine colourful close up of this Teal. You have managed to capture fine detail even with your 500 lens and converter. good colours anda nice pose from the bird with its bill open. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Hi Pekka,
A lovely and perfect shot of this cute teal.
TFS. Have a nice Sunday!

Hi Pekka,

Very good feather detail and composition .I like the highlight and the slightly open beak. Well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-06 12:38]

Hej Pekka,
You captured this male Teal beautifully, with fine sharpness, from a great POV, fine timing with open beak and set it in a fine composition. Pity about the stony BG being to busy even though it is OOF, but we can seldom choose!
Thanks 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)
  • [2009-02-06 12:44]

Hej Pekka,
This is a very fine capture of a Teal showing its beautiful markings and colours really well. A happy-looking bird in the lovely sunshine!
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-06 13:34]

Hi Pekka,

A beautiful close-up of this Teal drake. He looks like a happy little guy - the opened beak makes him look like he is laughing. Beautiful colors. The details of his head, eye, and magnificent markings of his feathers are excellent. I love the gentle ripples in the water.


hello Pekka

a very beautiful photography of the Teal drake, shot with fine
POV at the level of the duck, also fine DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-06 15:31]

Hello Pekka,
great pic, nice details captured, great colors!



Hello Pekka,
I think that we have those ducks here as well! They are very colorful and beautiful to look at. I like this expression you captured. Ducks often look like they are smiling of laughing :) Sharpness and low POV are very good. TFS,

Hello Pekka ,
Colors and sharpness excellent , also comp.
TFS and good luck .

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-06 23:45]

Hello Pekka !
This is really a beautiful duck, I love the colos on its head, and your timing was perfect, you manged to capture him with the beak open ! I also like the vivid colors and the winter light which makes the picture look warm (but I guess it was cold). Nice composition, excellent low POV. Very well done !

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-06 23:55]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture.POV,vivid colors,clear eyes,POV and pose of bird are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Pekka,

nice capture from this duck.
Beautiful colours.
This specie never been seen in the wild.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-07 2:00]

Hi Pekka
Wonderful capture, good details and beautiful colors.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-07 2:20]

Hello Pekka, This is a nice shot. I am really impressed with the eye focus and the feather sharpness and details. Well done Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-07 6:49]

Hello Pekka,
Very beautiful sharp-detailed photo of this Common Teal. Great clear colours and low POV. Excellent composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-07 8:51]

Hi Pekka.
You have pictured this beautiful bird perfectly and I like how well you have used your nice equipment. Colours and details of the bird are amazing and DOF is selected very well. Natural bank is natural, nicely detailed and blurred fairly. Best regards and compliments.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-07 9:29]

Hi Pekka
very nice colors
very good sharp
well done.

Ciao Pekka, wonderful Anas with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Pekka

This is a lovely capture of this teal.
The plumage markings and details are terrific.
Lovely colour and light.
Nice eye detail and the open bill quacking makes him look happy.
Good low POV.


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