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Aix sponsa

Aix sponsa
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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: 2009-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-13 13:18
Viewed: 3502
Points: 14
[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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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-13 13:37]

Hello Mircea,
Superb photo of this Carolina Duck in flight from a wonderful POV. Excellent sharpness, details, composition and clear colours. High quality!

Hello Mircea,
Beautiful capture, very sharp, with a nice warm light. Congratulations,

fantastic capture, TFS Ori

Wow, never seen one of those chaps on the wing before. Tack sharp and excellent light.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-14 7:20]

Salut Mircea
Excelenta captura. Imi place. Eu am ceva probleme cu prinsul din zbor. Probabil din cauza obiectivului. Mai astepta si altele.
Numai bine.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-04-15 17:05]

Bonjour Micea,
superbe cliché en pleine action !

Hello Mircea,
WOW! Fantastic in flight capture of this beautiful Wood Duck,
superb vivid colors, excellent composition and pov,
wonderful sharpness, depth of field and clarity,

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