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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: 2013-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-15 19:13
Viewed: 1747
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Wood Duck(Aix Sponsa) flies past prime breeding grounds and in good afternoon light.


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


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GREAT in flight photo Derek! The pose, the timing, the composition, the colors and the sharpness are excellent! The BG is fantastic!


Ciao Derek, great capture of lovely in-flight duck, splendid light, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek
Fantastic capture of this fellow in flight.Great timing,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards

Brilliant in flight capture with good sharpness and natural colors


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-04-16 5:12]

Hi Derek,
wonderful capture of this duck in flight, great timing,
well done ! Beautiful lighting, well composed, i like the colors!
Best regards !

Bonjour Derek,
Agréable et originale valorisation du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-16 5:53]

Beautiful wood duck captured in flight..the lighting and composition are excellent. tfs.

Hello Derek

You are doing great work with your 100-400 lens,
yesterday here at the pond a couple of them have
done their flight but it was to much far for my
17-50mm little lens.

Great in-flight shot with very fine POV and
that good free space in-front of flying space,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
and I love the bokeh of your background,
also beautiful light, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-16 13:57]

Hello Derek,
These beautiful ducks are one of my all time favorites here in Ohio. You have captured this particular fellow perfectly in an attractive inflight shot. Great work!!!

Hi Derek. The lighting is good as you say. I love how the DOF creates a soft satin background and the duck is shiny. The colours are very rich in this with great focus and details. A winning shot! TFS Trevor

Hi Derek,

Great inflight capture with impressive timing here my good friend, this image has impact, just love the neutral out of focus background which pulls the Wood Duck out of the background, nice and sharp, perfect exposure/white balance with lovely colour saturation, excellent work Derek and very well done,

Best Regards,


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