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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2007-02-21 2:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken 5.5 months ago near Sapanca Lake.He was a very young mallard and looking into the camera during taking bath.
Have a great day,thanks for looking!

Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos, also known as the wild duck, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. Probably the best-known of all ducks, it gave rise to most domestic ducks, apart from the Muscovy Duck.
It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south; it is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
The dabbling duck is 56–65 cm length, with an 81–98 cm wingspan, and weighs 750–1000 g. The breeding male is unmistakable with a green head, black rear end and a blue speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest. Males also possess a yellow bill with a black tip, females dark brown.
The female Mallard is light brown like most female dabbling ducks. It can be distinguished from other ducks by the distinctive speculum. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.
Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. The clutch is 8–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledging. The ducklings are precocial, and can swim and feed themselves on insects as soon as they hatch, although they stay near the female for protection. Young ducklings are not naturally waterproof and rely on the mother to provide waterproofing. Mallards also have rates of male-male sexual activity that are unusually high for birds. In some cases, as many as 19% of pairs in a Mallard population are male-male homosexual (Bagemihl 1999).
When they pair off with mating partners, often one or several drakes will end up "left out". This group will sometimes target an isolated female duck — chasing, pestering and pecking at her until she weakens (a phenomenon referred to by researchers as rape flight), at which point each male will take turns copulating with the female. Male Mallards will also occasionally chase other females in the same way
Have a great day,thanks for looking!
Camera:Nikon D200
Date:2006/09/02 15:14:42.9
Format:RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 270mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/1250 sec - F/6.3
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 320
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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Merhaba Şebnem,
Ne kadar şirin bir ördek bu,
Çok hoş bir poz,
Böyle farklı duruşları çok seviyorum,
Suya yansıma ve çerçeve de çok güzel,
Bir de raw-jpeg dönüşümü için ne tavsiye edersin?

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-21 2:44]

Hi Sebnem,
Lovely baby in a lovely pose. Light, composition and background are wonderful!
TFS, José M.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-21 3:16]
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Merhaba Sebnem,
Cute youngster you have captured in Sapanca. I was worried when I heared about pollution in the lake last month. Good timing in this one, with excellent composition and color. TFS

Hello Sebnem,
Cute little mallard well recorded at a playful moment. Nice pov and composition. Sharpness and color contrast are great. Very well done and tfs this fine image.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-21 4:55]

Merhaba Şebnem hanım,
Bu küçük sevimli ördeği sudaki yansımasıyla çok güzel yakalamışsınız.Özellikle fotoğraftaki ışık çok hoşuma gitti. Ellerinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-21 5:03]

Merhaba Sebnem,
Zamanlaman cok iyi, durusunu cok guzel yakalamissin. Eline saglik.

Hi Sebnem,
Too crazy fluffy.
Very funny one.

Merhaba Sebnem,
oooooohhhhh, it's soooo cute, what a nice moment, very well seen and captured, thanks and cok selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-21 6:58]

Hello Sebnem,
a wonderfulshot, actually it looks like the little one is stretching to see what you are doing. Very nice timing. POV, colors and lighting are very nice.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-21 7:31]

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! That is oh so cute!
Great capture of this lovely baby action. Expert composition with that grand reflection making the baby look taller (^0^)

Hi Sebnem,
Nice soft light and a spot on exposure here. Colors and detail look very nice. Nice timing to catch him in this pose. A very high cutness factor here. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-21 9:05]

Hi Sebnem.
You managed to catch amazing scene once more and have done this job perfectly. I especially like the cropping, composition and framing of the shot. Very nice rich colour palette, excellent reproduction of water waves and reflection. BG is perfectly detailed and wonderful too. Superb done and TFS.

Hi Sebnem, wonderful mallard in great pose, nice photo with splendid sharpness and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Sebnem,
What a sweet little one that you captured so well. I love its pose, colors, details, POV and composition. This reflection is very nice and so is perfect exposure and beautiful environment. This is a very cute picture, lol! Thanks,

Hi Sebnem ,
excellent image.
very nice moment.
well composition and great light.
wonderful shot.
thanks for sharing

Your sense of timing is the crux of your distinguished style of photography, Sebnem.
You have captured this guy just as it emerges from the dip with the lower half of its body still immersed.
The ripples it has created on the water surface are also a key factor to the overall appeal of this interesting shot.
Best regards.

Wonderful capture, Sebnem. It's a pose I've not seen. Exposure, sharpness and saturation are all good. I find that the frame is a little distracting as there is more contrast in it, than in the photo so my eye goes to it.

Evelynn : )

hi sebnem,
cute little one giving a nice shot,
the reflections and riplles on water makes the shot beautiful,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-21 12:35]

Hi Sebnem,
Superb capture. Great light management too. I like the ripples in the water and the reflections of the mallard and the grasses on them. Simply looking great. Kudos.

Merb Sebnem cok guzel poz vermis tatli bir ordek. Isik iyi olmus composition ve POV cok guzel selamlar Necip

Hi Dew,
The cuteness level on this photo is sky high! What a wonderful photo. The moment captured it simply stunning. I really love the composition with all the space surrounding the little fellow. Wonderful clarity and colors and spot on exposure.

  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-21 21:02]

Hello Sebnem,
You have captured a very cute shot with great details and colors, outstanding work Sebnem.

Salut Sebnem
Une belle composition,j'aime bien la pose de l'oiseau qui semble sortir de l'eau complètement.Félicitations pour l'éclairage et les détails dans le plumage de l'oiseau.

Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-21 22:48]

Hello Sebnem

A cute duckling ,excellent eye contact.The composition is very good and the natural setting is very pleasing to look at.A really nice big ripple ,TFS


Hello Sebnem,
I look at your photos with a bit more of a critical eye than most..We go back awhile :)
Overall, the composition and young mallard up in the water with this POV is great, and a unique capture..It shows great character, and immediately grabs the interest of the viewer..
The "little" mallard is a work of art.
You've done very well mf.

Very cute...

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-22 4:59]

Hola Sebnem,
Simpática imagen, buenos detalles,
disparo original, bella composición,
muchos saludos

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-22 7:44]

Divertida captura Sebnem por la postura del ave y el agradable entorno que retrataste.
Muy buen foco y DOF, intensa luminosidad y bellos tonos conforman una bella presentación con el bonus de la desdibujada reflexión.

Amusing capture Sebnem for the posture of bird and the pleasant environment that you depicted.
Very good focus and DOF, intense brightness and beautiful tones conform a nice presentation with the bonus of the blurred reflection.

cette photo a été prise au bon moment.c'est joli.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-02-22 11:31]

merhaba şebnem hanım;
ne kadar tatlı bişey ya...
ne güzel çekmiş bizimle paylaşmısınız..elinize sağlık tebrikler ve selamlar

Nice pose and colors.
(maybe a little more white tones in the pic would have enhance the general quality.

Very well done. Excuse in shortness. TFS. Stev

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-22 15:52]

Çok sevimli bir duruş yakalamışsınız, karedeki yerleşim de harika, elinize sağlık.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-22 15:56]

selam sebnem
bu minik ve sevimli yavruyu iyi bir zamanlama ile kadrajlamissin. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, renkleri, detaylari, bilgi notu ve cercevesi basarili olmus
eline saglik

Hola Sebnem,
Preciosa, simpática y tierna imagen muy bien captada en su entorno. Un cordial saludo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-22 23:50]

Oh what great timing, Sebnem.
A cute little duck enjoying himself.
Very cute!
TFS. : )

Merhaba Şebnem,

what a hilarious pose/posture! This shot put a huge smile on my face! I like the presentation.
Tye focus on the duckling is excellent! Tfs, Jay

ohhhhh how sweet!!! adorable photo of the little duck but also a beautiful photo with the reflections and the ripples in the water.love it TFS

thanks for your comments on my photo "just taking a walk" :o)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-24 3:06]

hi Sebnem,
ahah très joli instant de vie et de découverte de ses possibilités. Il a un côté attendrissant. Belle composition.


Hi Sebnem,
I like so much the pose of this mallard, it seems he is really having a good time in the water.
The light is very good also, I like the "dark" surroundings with plenty of good details.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

bonjour SEBENN
magnifique cette photo, pas grand chose a ajouter d' autre, vu les nombreux commentaires que tu as déjà, sinon que ce petit canard est tres atendrissant, bonne note explicative.
félicitations et amitiès

Hello Sebnem,
that mallard youngster looks very sweet, emerging from its hide in the reeds. I like its funny upright position, and those insecure first steps that have been recorded by you in a truly empathic way. It is so obvious that you love the objects you are picturing. Thank you!
Best regards,

Love the colours and the contrasts.
You were at the right time at the right place to catch it
Great composition.
Best regards,

Hello Sebnem,
A funny image with a funny bird!
This pose is attractive, and the moment is well captured...
Pleasant colours, nice reflections!
Pablo -

Merhaba Sebnem,
Cok guzel yakalamissin.Isik,renklerve compozisyon mukkemel.Ellerine saglik.Selamlar.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-25 2:31]

Hi Sebnem.
You caught this cute little mallard in funny pose.Composition,POV and colours are amazing.Great moment.
Well done,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

hi sebnem!
look a little bit funny in
that great pose:)
you capture it nice with
good sharpness and in fine
good work!

Hello Sebnem, another great capture from you with perfect detail svery crisp Nicly composed with great colors Bg POV DOf Perfet work

TFS Kyle

bonjour Sebnem,

magnifique prise de vue très belle couleurs et netteté bravo


Bravo for your another 100 , strange posture of this "Donald Duck"

Hi Sebnem,
A cute image,I like the lonely of this tiny mallard. Illumination and framing are excellent.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-27 23:11]
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Hi Şebnem

A cute little ducky doing the "chicken run" thing. The darkish water mass brilliantly compliments the little mallard and its reflection. The green vegetation (reeds) provides an interesting and colourful break in the overwhelming (if not somewhat monotonous or repetitive) surface colour of the water.

A lovely composition that oozes with impact and the cuteness factor. The details are sharp and the colours are great, while the exposure was well managed.

Great work and TFS.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-03-01 0:08]

Merhaba Cigdem,
This is a very cute Baby Mallard capture.
I like your pov,dof,colors,duck,reflections,focus,sharpness,frame and note.Well Done.TFS :)

Hello Sebnem !
This young duck is so cute ! Looks like he is trying to fly already, with his tiny wings ! :-) I love the grass growing in the water, and the duck's reflection on the water is beautiful too. Splendid composition and POV, excellent details on the duck, natural colors... Very well done !

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-03-01 20:28]

Hola dew77, exelente enquadre muy acertados los colores,agradable composiciòn Saludos Sira

Magnifique position de l'oiseau. Le décor est parfait.
Bonne journée.

Hi Sebnem,
Very cute capture! I really like the composition and the details. Nice colours too. TFS,

Hi Sebnem,

This is not just cute but very colourful and nicely taken shot. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-04 1:09]

Sebnem, this is rather funny - and that's great.

Excellent composition, lighting and contrast.

Great "pose" and sharpness.

Selam Şebnem Hanım
Mükemmel bir kare ,harika yalamışsınız,ellerinize sağlık...tfs
saygılar sevgiler

Una maravilla Sebnem. Buenos colores, bien equilibrados con un fondo escepcional.
Magnífica luz detalles.
Saludos y felíz semana amiga, JL.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-04 16:32]

Hi Sebnem

Better late than never i guess... :))
I don't know how, but i must have missed this post from you (on second thought...i was probably gone).
Anyway, it's gorgeous!
The pose of this cute little mallard is just terrific and you managed to freeze the "action" superbly!
The sharpness of the details is just amazing and the natural colors and contrast are impeccable and lovely!
Splendid lighting and composition, too!

Bravo and TFS

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-04 17:34]

Hello Sebnem,
It's a very funny capture of this duckling just emerging from water. Nice details and light too.
Best greetings,

Belle photo,bien vu et le moment est bien choisis. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-03-05 13:00]

Hi Sebnem,
friends all told You. I like this work, too. Well done, good shot.
Greetings. Aleksander

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-06 11:39]

Hola Sebnem.- Siempre es muy agradable poder ver todas tus fotografias, verdaderamente son exelentes y con un alto nivel de calidad y sobre todo por el talento natural que tienes para lograrlas.
Saludos desde Mexico. Tu amigo Luis52.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-06 12:33]

Ha,ha! What a funny and wonderful capture!!
This little duck seems to be saying
"Hi! It's meee!"
Excellent sharpness, colors and composition.
My compliments, dear Sebnem, and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

bonjour à toi
il tout mignon ce bébé
très belle photo, jolies couleurs,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-09 14:49]

ahhh that is the cutest thing ever. I love the pose. The fluffy feathers are well recorded. Great composition as well



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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-03-12 14:07]

hi Sebnem, very nice shot , perfct moment and exclent POV

What a sweet heart! I love ducks, I have had pet ducks, to keep my yard slug free. They love humans, and would lay outside my glass back door. They would steal my dogs dry food! They are quite messy however, and I had to scrub the cement all the time. They have difinate personalities. YOur picture is so cute!

Selam Sebnem;f degeri 6.3 sanırım oldukça uzak bir mesafeden çekmişsin ve bu azaklıkda oldukça net ve renkleri bozmadan kaliteli bir çalışma olmuş,tebrikler...

great timing and composition. He is so comical in this picture. Great POV and DOF as well.


Hi Sebnem,
It's a wonderful mallard in great pose, nice shot with splendid sharpness and colors.

Well done

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-03-21 23:13]

Hello Sebnem!
I always like to spend a good time in your gallery, where all the pictures are nice.
The pose captured here is very original, and the background is beautiful, with nice reflections. Special lights!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-26 9:26]

Hi Sebnem,
an excellant shot of this baby duck.
Sharp and well composed.
Well done,

Ah this is lovely, and in that upright position he looks almost like an Indian Runner Duck! A great composition, nice low pov. Definitely high on the cute factor. Good work, just beautiful. Thanks for posting.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Çök sevimli ve harika bir kare olmuş.Her şey kusursuz..Elinize sağlık.


it's so cute my friend, A very good close up shot! showing all the details! Take care Ana:)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-04 21:38]

Hi Sebnem,
all your shots are excellent. This one is technically wonderful to me. The dark ripples are very exciting with that cute looking duck in big bulging eyes.
Brilliant presentation and superbs nature in action.


:) hahaha... şebnem hanım bu ne güzellik böyle.. herc canlının yavrusu gibi buda çok tatlı:) insanın gercekten elini atıp sevesi geliyor:). Muhteşem gerçekten. Elinize sağlık.

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