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Toothy Grin : )
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-03 10:06
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Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

Canard branchu (French)
Pato de charreteras (Spanish)

A colorful duck of wooded swamps and streamsides, the Wood Duck is one of only a few North American ducks that nest in trees. Many people consider it to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl.

Sex Differences
Male brightly patterned, female dull gray brown.

Female makes loud "oo-eek, oo-eek" when disturbed and taking flight. Male has thin, rising and falling zeeting whistle.

Cool Facts

Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females. These "dump" nests can have up to 40 eggs.

The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 m (290 ft) without injury.
The Wood Duck is a popular game bird, and is second only to the Mallard in numbers shot each year in the United States.

Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.


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hi manyee,
lovely shot, well saturated colours, nice pov, liked the pose quite a lot,
tfs & regards

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-03 10:08]

Great shot Manyee. Thecolours are wonderfully vibrant. Nice close shot with stunningly sharp details. Lovely DOF. Great pose with matching title as well :)



The first impresion when I saw it is that some of the neck of the dick was missing :)
It is incredible the complexity of shapes and colours this birds have.
The capture is very nice, with great contrast and colour saturation and good BG. Maybe some details in the black parts would be nice, but I know sometimes is difficult. Details as always great.
Thanks and regards.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-03 10:11]

Hi Manyee,

How do you do this every time? This duck is gorgeous! The colors are magnificent. The details couldn't be better. The head, eye, beak - everything a delight to see.


Great photo. Used any photo correction software?


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-03 10:29]

Hi Manyee,

A nice close up from this colorfull wood duck,nice catchlight in the eye,well done and TFS


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-03 10:45]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent portrait! Very intense colours and great details. Indeed we may see well the toothed margin of the duck's bill.
Best greetings and TFS!

Hello Manyee,
This is a great marco of a wood duck. everything is done well. I find the eyes to be the most difficult part of this bird to get right and you got it. well done,


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-04-03 11:21]

Hi Manyee,

This is a mandarin-like duck and it's beautiful. Imposing colors and great sharpness. It's a pity there 's a bit OE on the head. For the rest: great shot!


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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-04-03 11:50]

Hello Manyee,
I can see amazing details on the duck. The colors are so pretty. The sharpness and the boke is very nice. Well done.


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-04-03 12:11]

hi Manyee, this is excelentshot, Bright, cleare and so funny. Like this duck is smiling and posing infront of you. fantastic coloures on had adn to be short brafo for thsi shot.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-03 13:33]

hello Manyee
here is perfect portrait photo of this nice and interesting bird for me. i like its pose and colours. composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-03 14:51]

Hi Manyee

What a great portait shot of this fantastic looking Duck, I love the POV and pose, the colours are so vivid and well saturated, nice sharp details too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Very nice detail. Very nice excercise with the colour, structure and focus.Well done. tfs.Stev

hello Manyee,
Lovely shot of this cute colorful duck. Details and compo are incredible, has nice details and sharpness.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-03 18:23]

A true beauty Manyee ! Well composed, very good technique, vivid colors and very sharp. Well done my friend,


I saw this post earlier this morning but I was too bummed to comment. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to see, much less get close to a wood duck in the wild??... around here? So you just had to get close enough to get a "toothy" grin! Thanks for sharing... I think. : )

Evelynn : )

Hi Manyee,
This is an excellent portrait on the Wood Duck. The exposure is perfect. Vibrant colors and tack sharp detail. Very nice OOF backround tops it off. AWSOME!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-03 21:32]
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Hi ManYee

Ha-ha-ha, that's about how I smiled when I received your iCard. All teeth and tonsils. I shouldn't have been surprised, but yet I was, you remembered... A huge thank you MF. That is part of the reason why I was a little quiet on the postings this last two weeks. I had to hold back, because I wanted to post my 100th tomorrow, to make it a double celebration. By this time I think Aaltjie must be cursing me (chuckle). More about this tomorrow...

This is a WOW shot, as in "TOTALLY WOW". It has remarkable visual impact, immense attraction, a cuteness factor right of the Richter scale, energised charm, and zillions of appeal. However, due to the lack of comprehensive visual evidence I will not reflect on the size of the dick's neck.

A soothing sight for sorry eyes and a perfect composition for this stunning portrait. The cropping, DOF, and exposure were flawlessly controlled, while the spectacular colours, amazing details, and perfect BG all added to ensure a superb presentation.

Excellent work and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-04 3:32]

Helo Manyee,
Excellent portrait of this Wood Duck. Everything is perfect, colours, the vivid expression of the animal, the red eye, the neutral background. And not last, we have to smile too :-).
Best regards

Super close-up of this powerful bird. Very sharp and fine natural colours.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-04 10:04]

Hola amigo,
espectacular retrato,
colorido magnífico,
los detalles son geniales.

Hi Manyee,

Brilliant close-up shot of the wood duck, it really does look like it is smiling, it is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfowl, my favorite is the Mandarin duck. :)

Excellent shot, Manyee.


Hallo Manyee
What a colourful Wood Duck you have here. This photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. It is actually difficult to describe the beauty of this animal. The arrangement of colours is breathtaking. I especially like the red eye with the tiny spot of light that is visible, the green and minute shade of metallic blue in the feathers and the soft white plumage in the neck, and not to mention that row of fine but I am sure sharp teeth. A tip-top and delightful portrait. The focus is excellent and the composition good. I really enjoyed looking at it. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
Ps. Please have a look at my latest posting's notes, as you are nominated as one of the role players in my story.

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