Mr and Mrs Mandarin
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|Taken a few years ago, before I knew anything from anything about photography (not that I know that much now, lol)... but still, I think, an interesting photo despite it's flaws. It shows the distinct difference between male and female mandarin ducks during the breeding season. Later in the year, when the male is in eclipse plumage, it is hard to tell them apart.|
I cropped this down, used unsharp mask to remove haze, removed as much noise as I could without losing detail and finally tweaked the brightness and contrast.
As always, Wikipedia has some interesting information:
"Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan.
Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yin-Yang ducks, are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two swimming mandarin ducks". The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity. In reality, though, the ducks find new partners each year.
The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but it is now endangered despite being evaluated as Least Concern because of large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat. The populations in eastern Russia and in China are both probably well below 1,000 pairs, although Japan may have around 5,000 pairs.
Specimens frequently escape from collections, and in the 20th century a feral population numbering about 1,000 pairs was established in Great Britain. Although this is of great conservational significance, the birds are not protected in the UK since the species is not native there.
In the wild, Mandarin Ducks breed in densely wooded areas near shallow lakes, marshes or ponds. They nest in cavities in trees close to water. Shortly after the ducklings hatch, their mother flies to the ground and coaxes the ducklings to leap from the nest.
Mandarins feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat plants and seeds, especially beechmast. They feed mainly near dawn or dusk, perching in trees or on the ground during the day.
Mandarins may form small flocks in winter, but rarely associate with other ducks."
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Hi Mish ,
very nice shot...
- [2007-03-22 6:05]
Nice shot. it was good of you to include both the sexes in the same frame. good details, and colors.TFS,
- [2007-03-22 7:43]
Hi Mish, it is really good to see both the Male and Female Mandarins in one shot! You have caught them wonderfully, great colours, tones and sharpness. A lovely composition.
Hello , very good colors and reflections , TFS.
- [2007-03-22 9:31]
Hi Mish. What a great picture of the Pair of Mandarins. Great colour and detail with top notes. well done TFS. PS thanks for notes on fourm,
- [2007-03-22 10:10]
Beautiful image you present here with superb color and lovely detail. Great pp work, thanks for sharing.
- [2007-03-22 11:22]
This is a really nice shot of the pair. The colors and details are fantastic. I love the ripples in the water. Beautiful ducks.
As you probably know reading your note,the sharpness is not 100%. But as you also mentioned: an interesting photo.
Besides the sharpness isn't all that bad...
Very nice shot and great that you have Mr & Mrs. Lovely reflections and you managed to get a catchlight in the eye too. :-)
- [2007-03-26 23:24]
fantastic looking ducks these ones are and your presentation is spot on the money.I find no fault in this photo.The note is very good as well.TFS. Bob