<< Previous Next >>

Ducky Weather

Ducky Weather
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 3:34
Viewed: 2828
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all, well we in Southeastern finally got to see the sun just in time to watch it go down, but that gives us help for tomorrow. The waterfowl of the area don't seem to mind the rain, so here is a mated pair of Canvasback Ducks captured in the rain in Kin Coulee park in Medicine Hat.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus: Aythya

Species: A. valisineria

The Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) is a large diving duck, 48-60 cm long and weighing 1270 g.

The adult male has a black bill, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a whitish body. The adult female has a brown head and body and a black bill.

Their breeding habitat is North American prairie wetlands. The bulky nest is built from vegetation in a marsh and lined with down. Loss of nesting habitat has caused populations to decline. Canvasbacks usually take new mates each year, pairing in late winter.

Canvasbacks are strongly migratory and overwinter on the coasts of the United States, the Great Lakes and British Columbia in saltwater bays, estuaries or lakes. This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

Canvasbacks feed mainly by diving, sometimes dabbling, mostly eating aquatic plants with some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. Wild celery, Valisneria americana, is a favourite food and is the origin of this bird's species name.

The canvasback sometimes lays eggs in other canvasback nests.

saeedabbasi, MommaMiaX3, Jamesp, jaycee, uleko, nainnain, SkyF has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

hola Rick

nice picture os these lovely ducks.
They are very well placed in the picture, sharpness is good and colours are very natural.



Hi dear Rick ,
nice shot with great composition.
It has beautiful colours and nicre sharpness.
captured at nice moment.
thanks for sharing my friend
best wishes

I find your photographs interesting. We have by on our premises a European version of this plunger duck but I the occasion is not had yet to capture it in image.

Hello Rick, :)

Aren't they a lovely couple! Great sharpness and Colours on this pair. Wonderful detail on each of them, really neat red eye on the male. Very well done. Hope you see more of the sun today, take care and have a wonderful time.


  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-22 10:04]

Hi Rick

This is a species we do not have in the UK. Nice decriptive shot, plus good colours and POV.


  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-22 10:39]

Hi Rick,

The rain didn't prevent you from getting a wonderful shot. The pair are lovely. I like the red eye on the one. Nice colors and details and a nice setting.


  • Great 
  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-22 11:55]

hi Rick,
nous sommes tous les deux inspirés par les canards semble t-il :)
Joli couple ou l'on constaste que le mâle est plus beau que la femelle :). Techniquement bien fait, netteté, couleurs....bravo.


I love the colors in this shot Rick. I especially like her! She is beautiful. I hadn't realized how lovely the female canvasback is. I am so jealous of your proximity to these ducks.

EVelynn : )

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-22 22:16]

Hello Rick

A very well composed shot of these two.The colour palette is very pleasant.Well focused with good detail.Excellent low POV.Nicely done.TFS


  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-23 1:56]

Hello RIck,
Very fine shot of this pair showing them in profile. Great sharpness and beautiful colours. I love the background colours and the reflections of the reeds in the water too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

ceux ci doivent etre des canards canadiens, ne ressemblent pas aux français!!!! humour
jolie présentation, bonne netteté
bien vu, merci

Hi Rick,
very good photo of these ducks especially given the poor weather conditions.The focus is good and the red of the male's eye really shows,so well done.Tfs Bob

Who says it's water off a duck's back! Looks like *U* should not have been shooting in the rain! Here *U* are and have gone ill on us! Well as a special cheer, i'm HERE ;)

You know of course what I would like to do with these ducks!

I like it that their foreheads are wet and show the nasty weather you had! I'll save my nit for when you feel better...
and there will be more awards tomorrow! And the day after, and after that! Don't cry! Cheer UP! Tfs, Jay

PS Ducks look good! Despite the rain.

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-24 16:31]

Hi Rick,
another great shot, very nice capturing the couple so we can compare the two. Excellent POV, nice colors and very good detail.

Calibration Check