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Ring-necked Duck


Ring-necked Duck
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-01 5:56
Viewed: 3317
Points: 22
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Hello Everyone,
I went out to the Cypress Hills yesterday again and had a great day, unfortunately Lucy couldn't make it. This mated pair of Ring-necked ducks were checking out a very swollen drainage channel. We have gotten a amazing amount of rain and snow in the past couple of weeks and there has been quite a few mud slides in Cypress Hills area.


Ring-necked Duck
Family: Anatidae
Description 14-18" (36-46 cm). Male has black back and breast; purple-glossed, black-appearing angular head; pale gray flanks; vertical white mark on side of breast. Female brownish, paler around base of bill, with narrow white eye ring. Bill pale gray with white ring. The high angular shape of the head and white ring on bill distinguish this bird from the scaup.

Habitat Wooded lakes, ponds, and rivers; seldom on salt water except in the southern states.

Nesting 8-12 buff or olive eggs in a down-lined cup concealed in vegetation near the edge of a pond.

Range Breeds from Alaska, Manitoba, and Newfoundland south to California, Arizona, Great Lakes, and Maine. Winters from Washington south along Pacific Coast, east through Southwest and Gulf Coast states, and north to New England.

Voice Soft purring notes, but usually silent.

Discussion This species might better be called the "Ring-billed Duck," for its chestnut neck ring is usually seen only at close range, while the white ring on the bill can be a prominent field mark. More partial to acid ponds and lakes in wooded regions than other diving ducks, it eats the seeds of aquatic plants as well as snails and insects. Because it never gathers in large flocks it has not been hunted extensively like some of its relatives. A fast flier, the Ring-neck undertakes longer migrations than most other diving ducks.
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hello Rick

today we are TN neighbors, very beautiful photo of this
mated pair of Ring-necked ducks, shot with fine POV,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful eyes of
both but the one of the male more beautiful, TFS

Asbed

Hi Rick
What a great shot!
Perfect details and colors of this lovely pair of duck!
Mariana

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-01 8:57]

Hello Rick,
What a terrible conditions. During the Olympic Wintergames it wasn't ideal as well.
Beautiful photo of this pair. Good sharpness, natural colours and pleasing eye-contact.
Regards,
Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-01 9:35]

Hello Rick
Thanks for sharing this very rare specie for my country.
Razvan

Very nice shot. I liked that. TFS

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-01 10:00]

Splendid photo, excellent presentation!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-01 11:50]

Hello Rick,
It's always nice to see a pair of a species and you made a fine capture of this pair of Ring-necked Ducks, their features shown from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and colours ina a natural environment that forms a good BG.
Thanks for sharing this one. We occasionally get vagrants in Sweden but I have only seen it in Lanzarote!
Ivan

Hello Rick,
Wonderful pair of Ring-necked ducks taken with great details, natural colors and excellent eye contact. Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

hello Rick
this is very nice to see this pair of beautiful ducks
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-06-01 19:41]

Hi Rick
nice capture of that couple .Sahrp image with nice detail and great colors.
TFS Michel

Rick,
Had never ever seen these fellows.
As long as we are alive we are always "educating" ourselves.
A CLEAR IMAGE SHOWING THE RING AROUND THE NECK!!!
Congratulations and bravos are in order!!!
Mario with a friendly handshake.

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