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I'm a beauty

I'm a beauty
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, Polarizer filter
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-25 10:45
Viewed: 2514
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa is a medium-sized perching duck. An typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.

The adult male has distinctive multi-coloured iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds 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. Their personality is however somewhat shy and skittish.

Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behavior known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.(wikipedia.com)

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-25 10:57]

Bonjour Mircea,
Très belle photo. Les couleurs sont superbes! La metteté est excellente. L'effet miroir du reflet sur l'eau est hallucinant. BRAVO ENCORE...


bonjour mircea
un rendu des couleurs extra et en plus avec ce reflet sur l'eau c'est simplement magnifique.
netteté au top.

Hi Mircea,
A truly beauty!
I like the low and warm light used to get this colorful scene of the duck.
The patterns and hues on its plumage are pretty amazing.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-25 12:02]

Hi Mircea. What a fine shot of the colourful Wood Duck. you have captured fine detail and rich colours. fantastic reflection in the water.very well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Mircea,

Wonderful colors and a great job!

Bonjour Mircea,
wonderful vivid colours and details


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-25 15:13]

Hola Mircea,
preciosa ave,
colorido perfecto,
sensacional iluminación...
sobresaliente reflejo.
saludos amigo

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-09-25 19:15]

Wonderful capture, Mircea. Great details and colors. Wonderful subject, but the eyes are a bit stange, though. The reflection add a wonderful element, too.

bonjour Mircea

excellente photographie de ce canard branchu
les belles couleurs la netteté les détails du plumage
sont excellentes, sur ce branchu comme sur son reflet à l'eau,




Bonjour Mircea, quelle lumière fantastique, j'adore le reflet et la couleur de l'eau, les couleurs sont vives et éclatantes, mise au point excellente ettrès belle composition très bien encadrée,

Hi Mircea
Very nice mirror shot. I like golden water color and interesting texture. Sharpness is good, colors are amaizing. As for the composition I think that maybe you could crop it a little bit more from the bottom (but I am not sure)
Best wishes

Hej Mircea,
a beautiful picture with a very pleasent reflection.
Well composed with lovely colours and fine light.
Pretty good sharpness and details.
Well done.

Hello Mircea a beautifully colourfull bird taken in nice light with good contrast and sharp focus, nice one, tfs rgds Necip.

Bonjour Mircea
Très belle composition, excellente lumière, couleurs et cadrage.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Mircea,
what a colorful duck. The colors are great.
Nice details, too

TFS Tatjana

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-09-28 17:18]

Bonjour Mircea,
quelle magnifique photo d'un si bel oiseau... tout est parfait Bravo et merci de la partager.

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