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"The Wild Bunch"

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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Ducks II, Baby Animals 4, Baby Animals 5, Ducks, Baby Animals 6, Baby Animals 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 1:48
Viewed: 2842
Points: 36
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Momma Mallard and the Quadruplets
Anas platyrhynchos

More Info on the Mallard

They look like wild Ducks
They swim like wild Ducks
They quack like wild Ducks
Therefore, I think they must be wild Ducks
A proud Momma Mallard and the Wild Bunch

Cropped, a little sharpening and resized for posting.

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Hi Jim,
A beautiful family of ducks. Very well captured with nice angle. And excellent details too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi jim,

A nice image of the ducks and of the ducklings, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-18 3:19]

Hi Jim,
a surprisingly sharp capture.
Great detail and a brilliant composition.
Well done,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-18 3:47]
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Hello Jim,
Nice capture of a Mallard family: I notice that two of the ducklings are dark, which suggests a bit of crossing with tame strains, but they're free in the wild, so they must be wild!
Fine technically, this shot is also well composed with good lighting.
Hope Hurricane Dean doesn't wander your way!

Get all your best photos posted before Dean gets ya Jim...and when these cannards take off in advance, you DUCK as well:-) Very nice and among your best...yet all are a great experience of learning and teaching eh?

Don't blow away ya'll

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-18 4:35]

Hi Jim. A very nice picture of the Malard with its young. rich colours and fine detail.I like the refections in the water. a nice POV. very well don TFS.

Nice clear details with good colors, DOF, and exposure Jim..
Cute photo of your "wild bunch".
If it looks like a wild duck, quacks like a wild duck, and swims like a wild duck, then.. ;}
Well done.

Be sure to GET ALL YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW before that storm hits. ha ha

Another great shot!!!
Love the way the water's surface looks - like a piece of saran wrap rumpled by these little creatures and the breeze. Great family shot - all in focus, all well detailed. Lovely!!!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-18 8:12]

Hi Jim,

A lovely duck family! A nice setting with good colors. Fine details - I love the little one with his mouth open. Nice ripples in the water and good reflection. I've been following the hurricane and have my fingers crossed.


Hi Jim.
Wonderful image, the simplicity, subject, beautiful colours and composition are a delight. Great detail with sharpness, the ripples around them and rippled reflections.
Hope Dean is not to devasting, so much lost when they are. Take Care


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-18 13:21]

Hi Jim,
Just marking this post and will be back with a proper critique later.

Hello Jim, very nice familly portrait, excellent composition, well done,

This is a nice sharp capture of mama and her brood. She does look proud. I like the inclusion of natural habitat. I suppose babes are old enough now to fly our of harm's way.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Jim,
Lovely shot this momma very close to her chicks
beautiful water reflections, nice composition,
perfect sharpness and colors, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hello Jim,

Great shot of the family! Main subject is centre-stage looking sharp and important but what a backcloth they have! Lovely!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-19 1:38]

Hi Jim, it's a cute picture of Momma Mallard and her babes. Lovely colours too - well done

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-22 6:29]

Hi Jim,
Nice family photo :o)
Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-24 4:50]

Delightful details, superb composition and fabulous colours. It would appear that they are keeping an eye on you!

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