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Under mom's protection...

Under mom's protection...
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 16:00
Viewed: 4310
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), the archetypal "wild duck" and probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The Mallard and the Muscovy Duck are believed be the ancestors of all domestic ducks

Taken at Quebec City...

ISO 80

Your comments will be welcome :-)


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Salut Claude,
Très beau portrait de famille. La composition et les couleurs vives sont super. La lumière est belle aussi.



Hi Claude,
Very nice sharpness, beautiful colors. good composition and pov. Very nice Capture.

A wonderful 'gaggle' of ducks! Great setting- lovely composition - beautiful lighting!
AND I like your profile photo...your dog looks a lot like one of mine - Sparky, a black lab mix, hyper and lovable! :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-29 20:07]

Hello Claude

Is it just me or does this duck look like she is smiling.
A wonderful family shot of these Mallards.They look very relaxed and happy.
The focus is sharp with excellent details.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
You captured excellent eye contact with five of the six,one of them looks a little sleepy.
Nicely done.


hello claude,
excellent capture of this lovely moment, the image is nice and the title suits it very much,
excellent composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Bonjour Claude,
joli portrait de famille avec toutes les qualités photographiques
encore un excellent travail, composition sans faille
bravo mon ami,

Bonjour Claude,

Bonne composition. Bons POV and DOF. C'est une image bien connue ici aux Pays-Bas :-)


La or Le...Canard...I tend to forget...or is it Les? Wow..my mind boggles as I attempt to juggle way long ago learned languages which only now come up on TN. I agree on the words"archetypal duck"...it is indeed what man think of when imagining...the mallard. A icon! A family of icons eh? And they look as you have pictured them,. as though they are as relaxed a family as one can be...although I doubt if there is a dysfunctional duck family. We may never know.. Done 10 days after my B'Day... very nice image from a person who loves nature.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-30 6:37]

WAH!!! How beautiful!!! How much I like it!
Magnificent shot with great sharpness and marvellous composition.
Congratulations, Claude.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

bonjour claude
ça a mon avis c'est une reunion de femelle en vu de preparer un mauvais coup a leur mâle!!
ou une reunion tupperware.
c'est une bonne image,je regrette seulement que la note ne soit qu'en anglais,m'enfin j'avais qu'a suivre a l'ecole!!!!
bon WE

Hi Claude,
How cute !
Brilliant colours and sharpness. Beautiful moment captured. Congratulations. Perfect title.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hi Claude, great composition and sharpness to it....it's good to see images with a bit more "nature" with it....

Hi Claude,
Sweet composition of this duck family.
So cute and well seen.
Great POV and very good detail.
Charming, TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-30 13:45]

Hola Claude,
fino retrato y detalles hermosos,
magnífico pov,

Bonjour claude,
Excellent composition on mother's love!
good low pov with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
very pleasing and enjoy!

Hi Claude
Realy a beautiful family!
Splendid capture... embedded very well the group!
Excellent chromatism and definition; perfect composition.
Well done, friend!
José Roberto

Cute photo Claude!
Great detail, color, DOF, and exposure.
A well composed family group photo :)
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-01 8:35]

Hi Claude. What a nice picture of the family. you have good natural colours and deatil in the feathers. such a nice pose with the young all relaxed. well done TFS.

Bonjour Claude,

Une belle image de cette canne qui surveille les alentours pour protéger ses cannetons, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-02 7:20]

Salut Claude ! Quelle belle scène familiale ! Superbe composition avec un excellent piqué et une exposition parfaite. De l'excellent travail !


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-03 8:00]

Hello Claude,
Poor Mum, it looks as if they're old enough to be kicked out and give her some rest!! But they are cute and you've captured them very nicely indeed. All sharply in focus and I like the Mum watching over them. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-12-03 16:27]

Salut Claude,
Superbe cliché ... la photo est très réussie mais surtout le sujet est superbe... on ne se lasse pas de la regarder protéger ses petits ... Bravo!

salut Claude

elle est très belle ta photo, elle me rappel des souvenirs
du printemps et de l'été, un excellent pov à leurs niveau
et excellents détails des sujets aussi, TFS


A fine shot of the brood, Claude -- tight and close, cropped well and shown off well by the bed of grass. Good detail and POV of the mom, especially. An interesting note, as well.

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