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True Beauty

True Beauty
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-14 13:15
Viewed: 2650
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.
The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colorful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.
Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Their personality is however somewhat shy and skittish.
Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbors, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behavior known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-14 13:21]

amazing colors and good reflection. looks a little noisy and the colors eems somewhat over bright. a bit of increased contrast might be good.

Hello Mircea
What a wonderful beauty you captured here,
Perfect reflectin and colors,
Great sharpness,Welldone.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-14 14:53]

Hello Mircea,
beautiful colours and a great reflection.
TFS Joey

Wonderful capture , the reflection is so sharp . TFS , Kevin .

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-04-14 15:36]

Great sharp and colourfull shot Mircea.Very clean and crisp.Great job.TFS


such an apt title for this.

A beautiful subject taken extremely well. Focus is spot on and colour saturation is lovely.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-14 16:44]

Hola Mircea,
colorida imagen,
buenos tonos y excelentes reflejos,
original ave...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-14 16:50]

Hi Mircea. very good shot of the Wood Duck. great reflection. good detail and colour. TFS well done..

Hi Mircea,
Spectacular colours on this duck, wonderful sharpness and details, and I love the reflections on the water. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-15 11:22]

Great POV of this wood duck, Mircea.
The glassy water surface gives you a fantastic reflection.
Light, colors, and sharpness are all excellent.
What a beautiful bird.
TFS. : )

Salut Mircea,

Frumos ratoiul, la noi se numeste Rata carolina, sau simplu Carolin. Culorile sunt super, mai ales irizatiile de pe cap. Specie e crescuta in captivitate, iar din nestiinta multi crescatori au impresia ca provine din Asia (ca si rata mandarin).
O fotografie foarte reusita. Bravo. Numai bine, Cezar T.

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