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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-05 13:15
Viewed: 6746
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anas platyrhynchos

They are very common over most of Europe. They are also found in parts of Asia, Africa and North America.

They inhabit parks, canals, rivers, ponds, lakes, woodland and gardens.

Mallards feed on small plants and animals.

Mallards feed by leaning forward into the water so that their tails stick upwards and their necks stretch down into the water. This is called ‘dabbling’. While submerged, the ducks will feed on the small plants and animals they find there. Mallards feed both day and night. Semi-domesticated mallards are common in parks and villages around ponds and rivers. These ducks are very tame and feeding them scraps of bread is a popular activity among both children and adults. Mallards are able to take off from water quite steeply using their wings to push against the surface to help launch them. They are also able to land at quite a steep angle and this allows them to land in relatively small bodies of water. Most mallards in Europe are resident, except in the North and East where they migrate in winter to avoid ice.

The nest is typically built on land and is lined with feathers. The female lays 6-14 grey-green eggs and incubates them unaided by the male. The eggs are laid every few days until the brood is complete. Chicks hatch after 26 days and will follow the mother into the water as soon as their feathers have dried.

Conservation status
Mallards are not listed by the IUCN Red List.

Mallard ducks make a very familiar ‘quack’ noise. The drake's call is louder and higher pitched than the female’s.

Most domestic ducks (with the exception of the Muscovy duck) are descended from mallard ducks. Many domesticated ducks have interbred with wild ducks and it is quite difficult to find a pure mallard.

Undoubtedly the most abundant duck in the world.


Taken at my local pond this afternoon whilst having a ponder and getting to grips with the new camera.

I appreciate all feedback and thank you for taking the time to look.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-05 13:28]

Well Julia,
I like the shot with the fantastic reflection, well taken, good colours and a great sharpness, I like the idea, good job.
gr. Jaap

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-05 13:48]

Beautiful shot with a great reflection. Wonderful sharp details and colors.
Thanks for sharing.

LOL... running slipping sliding ducks this morning. Was fun watching the kids throwing bread at them and all the ducks sliding around trying to get the bread...

superbe photo jolies couleurs et le reflex de l'eau c' est génial

Amazingly beautiful shot!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-05 15:21]

Excellent shot!
Very nice soft lighting and colours,
perfect exposure and sharp image.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-05 17:06]

Bonjour Julia!

Cette photo est très jolie et originale.J'aime bien les reflets miroir et l'éclairage.Félicitations pour la netteté de l'image et les belles couleurs.



Hi Julia,
I love the reflections in the ice. Excellent exposure. The colors are well saturated. Detail is superb. Flawless composition and framing. Well done!

Great shot. Curios texture of the water surface. (I think it is freezed, but it looks like liquid water). Looks like the ducks ar walking on the pond.

Regards, Petru

Hi Julia

Nice shot. Good POV and well composed. Crisp, clear and sharp. Excellent exposure and depth of colour. Good job. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-02-06 6:34]
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I really like this shot Julia. Composition is very strong and the reflections are great. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-06 8:23]

Hello Julia!
Very nice capture.POV,colors,framing and composition
are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Julia,
Nicely captured moment here.Great composition, nice colours,
Thanks for sharing.José

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-06 16:08]
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Hi Julia, congratulations on your new camera!

Nice shot, quite humourous too. Nice qaulity and the reflections are very nice too. Well done, welcome to the never ending money pit of SLR photography :-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-02-06 17:33]

Hi Julia
Great scene here with the 3 ducks on the ice. Lovely colours and excellent details of them and their reflection too. I like the texture on the ice, makes an interesting background.
Regards Toni

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-07 23:38]

Je n'ai pas le loisir ces jours-ci d'écrire des commentaires ou des éloges dithyrambiques et panégyriques sur vos travaux.
Et j'ai encore moins le temps pour les traduire dans vote langue maternelle.
Mais je vous prie d'accepter sans ambages le maigrelet icône qu'on me permet de vous octroyer en récompense pour votre travail assidu, source de joies pour mon regard quelques fois ébloui.
Merci Julia.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-02-16 8:43]

Nice mirrored image of this three cute ducks! Well done photo showing excelent sharp details. Good POV and DOF. Congratulations!

Hi Julia,
It seems like a long time since your last post. What a treat it is to see another. I almost missed this.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
It really is good to see another post from you again Julia.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hi Julia,
it's so lovely, they are so nice from the profile with this perfect reflection on the ice. Very well done,
bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Julia,
lovely shot! Beautiful rich colours, fine details, delightful mirror. Very well composed. And funny to look at, too. Thank you! Best regards.

Hello Julia,
Running late, but well deserved :-)
Thank You!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-03-03 10:25]

hi julia! :-)
new camera? welcome to the canon-family! *g*
nice mallards for a start,
great composition -
i really like the reflections
on the ice.
well seen & done, thor.

Hi Julia,
Is this taken with the new camera? If so, what do you need to learn. This is so sharp, so wel composed and realy beautiful.

Love those reflections,with great colours and detail...
Well taken...

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-20 5:29]
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Hi Julia,
A nice shot, excellent capture. They look as if they're planning their next move :-) Good detail and exposure, a nice image.

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  • captain (538)
  • [2006-03-23 19:44]

Three little ducks all in a row, quack,quack,quack. I like this picture, it is well composed and has good DOF and sharpness, the reflections in the wet sand are great. Good capture.....

I really love the refection on the ice Julia.
The colors are also incredible and the composition is excellent.
Good POV and BG.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-24 6:54]

Hi Julia, these MAllards are popular models for us all I think!! You show these 6 perfectly. The look so cute standing there like this. Good job,

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-05-19 12:36]


The reflections of all 3 are special. The Composition, POV, detail and sharpness are great. TFS,

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-06 7:58]

Hi Julia,
Looks like a mirror... :-)
Nice moment and composition of them.

Wonderfully simple composition, lovely reflection and beautiful colours. I love it.

Very nice composition and reflection in the water. Colours and lighting are perfect.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-31 15:33]
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Bella imagen Julia... realmente.
Excelente nitidez con un colorido maravilloso y el plus de una reflexión impecable.
Felicitaciones por una gran presentación.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful image Julia... indeed.
Excellent sharpness with wonderful colorful and a extra plus of an impeccable reflection.
Congratulations for a great presentation.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
DOF: *****
POV: *****
Note: *****

Moga da prodalja i po-natatak, no za sega stiga, o]e poveche che asistentkata mi mnogo i e haresalo da se zanimae s tvoite snimki, a tia e dosta po-svobodna!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-17 1:22]

Hello Julia,
What a wonderful compositio for this nice trio with the same pose out of water. The reflection is a great bonus. Interesting too the comparaison male/female. Exposure, colors and sharpness are very good. Useful note...
Congratulations and TFS.

Nice compo with good details iìon the mallards and excellent reflections,


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