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The magnificient 7 (with their mother..)

The magnificient 7 (with their mother..)
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): family life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-29 22:52
Viewed: 4849
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I took that photo last June at the Inverugie Refuge at Georgeville, Quebec, Canada. I found them so cute that I couldn't resist to take that picture!

Any comments?

Thank you!



One of the most familiar of ducks, the Mallard is found throughout North America and all across Eurasia. Where it does not occur naturally, it often has been introduced. It is found in all kinds of wetlands and is a familiar inhabitant of urban park ponds.

Cool Facts

The Mallard is the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Many of the domestic breeds look like the wild birds, but usually are larger. They are variable in plumage, often lacking the white neck ring or having white on the chest. Feral domestic ducks breed with wild Mallards and produce a variety of forms that often show up with wild ducks, especially in city parks.

The widespread Mallard has given rise to a number of populations around the world that have changed enough that they could be considered separate species. The "Mexican Duck" of central Mexico and the extreme southwestern United States and the Hawaiian Duck both are closely related to the Mallard, and in both forms the male is dull like the female. The Mexican Duck currently is considered a subspecies of the Mallard, while the Hawaiian Duck is still given full species status.

Mallard pairs are generally monogamous, but paired males actively pursue forced extra-pair copulations. Copulation between members of a pair usually takes place in the water after a long bout of elaborate displays. Forced copulations are not preceded by displays, and several males may chase a single female and mate with her.

Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings.

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  • jepc Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 8] (132)
  • [2006-08-29 23:00]

Hi Michel,
You did the right thing when you took that picture!Excellent composition, colors, reflections, sharpness, frame and and note!
João Eduardo

Sympathique promenade familiale.
Bonne journée.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-30 4:07]

Hi Michel,

Great shot of a lovely Mallard Family, well captured as its so hard to get all 8 facing forward with their heads up, so brilliant composition. Excellent detail and great colours with a nice reflection on the water.

TFS Hilary :)

Hi Michel

Perfect low POV. Love the composition. Nice clours with good clarity and sharpness. Nice work. TFS.

Bonjour Michel,
Il est intéressant de les voir comme ça de face. Belle capture avec de beaux détails et une belle prise de vue de cett petite famille. Merci,

Salut Michel
Tres belle présentation de cette belle famille de colvert .J,en ai des pareils sur le lac de ma résidence mais il sont rendu aussi gros que leur mère. la présentation et les couleurs sont jolies.
Merci et au revoir....JP

excelletn sharpness here, with all of them facing you and the reflections as well, it works really well indeed.

Nicely done and TFS

Hello Michel, its a family Portait, excllent work, great details, perfcet colours, excellent work, TFs Kyle

Hi Michel,
A nice shot here. Well composed and framed. Exposure looks excellent with the colors and detail. And as you say, They are awfully cute!
Well done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-30 8:47]

Great shot. Love the frame and the composition. Sharp details and well exposed. Well done & TFS!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-30 8:48]

Hello Michel... beautiful composition

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

Greetings... Ricardo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-30 15:11]

Salut Michel,
this is a wonderful composed shot. Lovely formation swin of the proud mom and her nestlings. Colors, sharpness and lighting is just lovely.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-31 0:46]

Bonjour Michel.
I love the position of the ducklings surrounding the mother as an avant-guarde. Incidentally the mother has a rather pleased expression.
Great POV and wonderful details.
TFS. : )

Ho ho ho! What a cute family they are! Mother is sweeping them :-) Great sharpness on all the family! pof, framing, frame you chose all are great here and great title! Superb post Michel!

Hi Michel,
A lot of duck pics I saw...but this is one that could be placed in the category 'okay pics'.

Hello Michel,
I love this picture! All coming toward you, with a proud swimming; the title is just the right, perfect, as the details and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Michel,
What a great team!
It is so fun to watch their action here, with the big one in the back supervising the situation!!
Excellent details, the water surface is captured in a way that strongly enhances the beauty of the situation!
Pablo -

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