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Brown Teal - Endangered Endemic

Brown Teal - Endangered Endemic
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-08 3:53
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Brown Teal

Maori Name: Pateke
Latin Name: Anas chlorotis
Family: Anatidae (Dabbling ducks)
Status: Endangered endemic

* About half the size of the common mallard duck, pateke stand 48cm tall and weigh just over half a kilo as an adult. The male is slightly larger than the female.
* Brown teal have a warm brown plumage, with dark-brown mottling on the breast.
* Breeding males have a glossy green head, a narrow white collar, broad green and narrow white bands on the wings and a white flank patch.
* A distinctive feature of all pateke is their blue-black bill and the narrow white ring around the eye. Their eyes are brown.
* Males give a soft whistle, and the female a low quack and growl.

* Pateke are often referred to as bush ducks, since they prefer stream and bushland habitats.
* They are reluctant flyers and are shallow divers, dabbling just below the surface for food.
* Their favourite food is invertebrates and they mainly feed in the evening or at night.

* Most brown teal breed from June to October but are able to breed at almost any time of the year.
* They begin breeding at about 2 years of age and can lay clutches of up to 8 eggs.
* Pateke build a bowl-shaped nest near water, under the cover of dense tussocks or ferns, constructed with grasses lined with down.
* The female incubates the eggs about 30 days while the drake guards the nest - they are strongly territorial during breeding.
* Chicks fledge at an age of about 2 months.
* Brown teal pairs generally have stable relationships.
* The oldest known teal in the wild lived over 6 years.

The above obtained from sanctuary.org.nz


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day:11:01 a.m.
Date: 8th May 2005
Weather conditions: Raining
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/7.1
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 400

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Nice image Pam, good detail and exposure, maybe a fraction more saturation, but that's a personal thing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-08 4:42]

A lovely capture.
Very nice detail and excellent DOF.
A cute looking duck too!
Good work,very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-08 5:09]

This is a lovely little duck Pam. Very well done on the sharp details, the fantastic DOF and the low POV. The catchlight in the eye is good. TFS!


Very good capture and very good angle, I think that you chose crowded composition, to my opinion you needed to give a little more space.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-08 5:38]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté dans le plumage.
Well Done !!!

Very nice shot, cute model. Good details and POV.
Well done.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2005-05-08 8:02]

Great capture with spot on DOF, good colours and detail.

Nice shot Pam,
Really sharp detail and great colours. Excellent exposure,and nice DOF.
Thanks for posting

Halo Pam!
great BG! I know that in NZ it is autumn now but it is really great spring green :-)

Very good picture, Pam.
Great details, very good DOF and exposure.
Very well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-08 13:30]
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Very good image Pam. Detailed shot with nice colors. Very good composed. My only nit is some more space at the bottom.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-09 2:55]

Hi Pam!
Very cute baby.Colors,details,DOF and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

How unusual the coloring on this duck Pam.
It looks more like a wooden duck than a wooden duck does. How is that for an observation? Sorry, it just slipped out.
Wonderful composition, just think you might have given him some more foot room, but otherwise a great and interesting post. Thank you for sharing him with us.

uch a nice capture of your endemic, Pam. Lovely duck. Very well done.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-05-11 5:42]


Perfect shot for this really nice and cute duck. Perhaps a little too much sharpened ?

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