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The duckling

The duckling
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-02-16 6:20
Viewed: 3767
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ducklings are always cute aren’t they.
I arrived at work in early January to find the proud parents and their growing brood of four ducklings “resting” outside the back door of my office. The front door was locked from the inside, so I had little option but to encourage the ducks to move. Mum and dad were not impressed and hissed at me, so I retreated. Some of my colleagues arrived and we debated how best to move the natives. As we discussed the situation the youngsters decided it was time to wake up and feed again, so the stalemate was resolved. As they moved off towards the lawn I couldn’t help but take a few shots, I hope you like this one.
The duckling is a young Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), a fairly common duck of eastern Australia. Although they can be found in wetlands, they are really a land duck, and are often found in open woodlands with a grassy understorey. They also love farmland, playing fields and town parks. My office is near a reservoir and there is a large picnic area where several pairs reside. They quite often come to the office grounds and graze on the lawn.
This species breeds in horizontal hollow limbs of eucalypts (gum trees), usually several metres off the ground. They raise 4-12 young and when the chicks are ready to leave the nest, mum pushes them out of the hollow and they fall to the ground; a pretty rough introduction to life I think. As I said above they are predominantly grazers, but will regularly take to water to dabble on water plants when available.
I have put an image of the adults in the workshop for you to see what they look like when they grow up. This youngster is about six weeks old.
The shot was slightly cropped and sharpened and resized for TN.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-16 6:31]
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Excellent picture Chris. Well presented and good details. I also loved to read the note. :) I don't see the workshop though.

Yes, they are cute Chris.
Very good sharpness, POV and composition.
Great note and work.

Chris, Cute & fuzzy.. Works for me!! Very good detail, sharpness & exposure on this. Excellent note. Well done!

Nice shot Chris,
This one certainly is cute, the detail, sharpness and clarity are excellent
Thanks for posting

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-16 13:28]

Excellent shot Chris. Great DOF and POV. Love the pose.
Good work

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-16 14:55]

Hi Chris
Yep, the cute factor here is great, but so is the details, exposure and the whole pic, just very well executed. TFS another new one.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-16 15:43]

Great shot Chris, lovely feather definition and clarity.
Good note also.
Thanks for sharing!

High cuteness factor in this one, good sharpness and DOF. A more "natural" bg would have been better, but you have to take them where you find them ;-))

Once again an interesting endenic you posted Chris. The duckling is tack sharp. Have you posted a photo of the adult bird yet? Would love to see it. Great shot, well done.

Dear Chris
Cutie pie! I am sure you are going to receive a lot of Ooh’s and Aah’s on this one, which will be well deserved. This in a glorious image, with a high cuteness factor. First-class photography.Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated.
Warmest regards
Aaltjie & Hettie

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