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Aix Sponsa M


Aix Sponsa M
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 60, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-14 10:33
Viewed: 1754
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a lone drake wood duck contrasted against the blue sky of a Spring mid-afternoon.

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The Wood Duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 in) in length with a wingspan of between 66 to 73 cm (26 to 29 in). This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata).[2]

The adult male has distinctive multicoloured iridescent plumage and red eyes,with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads.

The male's call is a rising whistle, "jeeeeee"; the females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, "do-weep do-weep," when flushed, and a sharp "cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek" for an alarm call.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators. The Wood Duck has sharp claws for perching in trees and can produce two broods in a single season.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Aix
Species: A. sponsa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Duck

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-14 11:55]

Hi Derek,
Perfect capture of flying bird in nice colours
and also with good sharpness.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Derek

Great in-flight shot of the wood duck drake,
with fine POV, its flight pose and being framed
diagonally in the image it gives dynamism to the photo, TFS

Asbed

Hello Derek,
Good photograph of Wood Duck flying, good sharpness, outstanding composition, good background.
Tfs,
Daystar-7

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