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Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTI (400D), Canon EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 16:46
Viewed: 2977
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) is a smaller diving duck from North America.

The adult male is similar in color pattern to the Eurasian Tufted Duck, its relative. It has a grey bill with a white band, a shiny purple head, a white breast, yellow eyes and a dark grey back. The adult female has a pale brown head and body with a dark brown back, a dark bill with a more subtle light band than the male and brown eyes. The cinnamon neck ring is usually difficult to observe.

Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes or ponds in the northern United States and Canada. They overwinter in southern North America, usually in lakes, ponds, rivers or bays. This strong migrant is a rare but regular vagrant to western Europe. Vagrant individuals also occur each year in Central America as far south as Costa Rica between October/November and May/June[1].

These birds feed mainly by diving. They eat aquatic plants as well as some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish.

The nest is bowl-shaped, built with aquatic vegetation and lined with down, in a dry location near open water. The female lays 8 to 10 eggs and may remain with the young until they are able to fly.

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Hi Everton. I think you managed this shot well. The exposure and sharpness look good. I like the patterns in the water.

Evelynn : )

Hello Everton,

Very beautiful capture of this duck. Good exposure. Excellent sharpness. The reflections in the water and the ripples add a lot to the picture. Superb colours.

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-11-02 18:20]

Great shot Everton,
Very nicely composed with wonderful details and color. Love the reflection you managed to capture, I particularly like the swirls in the water. TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-03 10:55]

Hi Everton.
Brilliant picture of a great beautiful bird. All is perfect at this shot. Superb job. My congratulations.

hello Everton

beautiful image of the Ring-necked Duck, i love his head's,
specially the eye, reflexion on water, excellent sharpness
and details, TFS


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