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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Sexy nature, Exotic Ducks Of The World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-16 2:45
Viewed: 5308
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mandarin Duck
Considered by most as the most ornamental of the world's ducks, the Mandarin Duck is a very popular aviary bird and commonly seen in many collections. In the wild, Mandarins can be found in China, Korea, Japan and eastern Siberia.
The drake is one of world's most beautiful ducks and quite unlike any other species. The forehead is glossy greenish-black that turns to purple as it slopes to a crest at the back of the head; the sides of the head are white with chestnut in front of the eyes. The sides of the neck and the cheeks have elongated chestnut feathers that form a mane; the upper breast is maroon, while the lower breast and belly are white. The sides and flanks are brown, finely penciled with black. The most unique features are the wing sails, which are bright orange feathers that stand straight up off his inner wings. The hen greatly resembles a wood duck hen. She is grayer and has a smaller crest and eye ring.
Breeding: Mandarins require nesting boxes to nest in. The breeding season begins in late April when the hen begins to lay her clutch of 8 to 12 eggs that are incubated for about 28 days. The hens are good mothers and will riase her own young if you allow her to. The ducklings grow quickly and are able to fly at 8 weeks. They are able to breed the first year, but fertility is best during the second year.

İnfo from : http://members.tripod.com/~StanRitaR/mandrin.html

Nikon D70
2005/03/12 15:26:00.9
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening:Auto Noise Reduction: OFF

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-16 3:42]

HI Sebnem, this strange colourful duck again. It doesn't look real. I'm pleased to see his mate, even if she is half-drowned! Good colours and details. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-16 3:59]

Wow, Sebnem :-) Spring is in the air as we can see on your picture! I don't know if female duck is happy or not? But it isn't big surprise - men never know what women think ;-) Great moment and probably most beautiful genre of ducks.

Great catch, Sebnem. Nature is always a bit ahead of us, so thank you for posting this very evocative way to remind us springtime is coming! Nice clear water colors, just a bit of motion, and good DOF, and the eternal song, "l'amour, toujours l'amour". Very well spotted.

Good picture, this lady is lucky that she only has one male to "please", my mallards had an orgy yesterday ;)

Great shot, love the colours, it looks a bit soft to me. But once again, great moment captured !!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-03-16 5:32]

Great captured Sebnem, nice colours, great DOF and detail, thanks for sharing.

She doesn't look too impressed does she!!
A great capture, even if it is a touch intrusive...

Great note.

Beautiful colors, beautiful picture

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-16 6:39]

This is an x-rated scene Sebnem! :) The colors are very, very nice 'n bright. The details are perfect and yes, what to say about composition? It's ... ehrm ... sexy? :) TFS!

Great action shot Sebnem! Good to see you were far enough away as not to disturb these two lovers! ;-)) TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-16 7:09]

Belle prise d'action nature. Une excellente prise de vue avec de belles couleurs.

Félicitations et bonne journée.

Very good shot!
Soft a little but colorful and it's a good composition
Well done

Great capture Sebnem,
They are such colourful ducks.
I posted one yesterday of a sleeping mandarin (now I know why they need their sleep!!)
Nice details, colours and clarity. A good moment to catch.
Great post with good notes.
Thanks for posting

Interesting post, but I think you've done a bit too much removing noise, you lost most of the details on the male.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-16 14:27]

Ah Yes, spring is here.
Excelent capture and well done on this composition. The lighting is perfect.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-16 15:21]
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Hi Sebnem, nice shot. Imagine trying to do this with someone pointing the camera at you! Great moment captured here there does seem to be a little plastic effect from noise removal? But that's the least of her worries.

Well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-16 17:19]

Magnifiques couleurs et très belle prise de vue, pour le reste, je dis comme le titre NO COMMENT.
Salutations Toni

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-03-17 2:28]

A very nice capture of this intimate moment!
Beautiful colours and very good composition.
A great shot,very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-17 16:31]

Sebnem, to me, a different and colorful texture.

A funny and great shot. You did great in capturing this.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-19 14:00]

Well seen and well done, Sebnem.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-03-23 20:55]

Wonderfull! Very good shot. ******

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-23 21:22]

Amazing wildlife scene, very nice and splendid colours, sharpness and dof are great you did a wonderfull picture Sebnem, i like it !


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  • ariw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 8 N: 25] (179)
  • [2005-04-23 9:30]

Sebnem, this is gorgeous, lovely photo, good colours and composition, thanks for sharing

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-11 5:12]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ces canards en pleine intimité. Jolies couleurs.
Well Done !

hello:) ok no comment:) exellent photo:) only this I say:D



Great decisive moment Sebnem!
Poor female!!! The male duck is almost to suffocate their partner.
Colors, contrast, composition and note excelent.

What to say? Sex on treknature?

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-01-03 5:59]

Hi Sebnem.
Love under water? Great composition and nice color.
Saludos nad happy new year 2006...RICARDO.

Hello Sebnem!
Love is all around :-)
Good to remember about that during cold winter days :-)
Best greetings,

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-04-11 13:19]

Are they making baby ducks? Another fine photograph.


Salut Sebnem
Superbe de photo de ce joli Oiseau male sur le dos de sa femelle.les couleurs sont ravissantes les détails sont très bien définis très beau cadrage .
Bravo et a la prochaine....JP

Very charming picture..
Further...no comment
Annick Vanderschelden

Hello Sebnem,
Well I´ll don´t make comments about tjis situation...or maybe, yes.
I think thjat you capture a great scene (better for the duck couple), the light and colours are delicate and nice.
Best regards

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-06-29 21:28]

Dear Sebnem,
Nice ducks! I´ve never seen it before. Beautiful, and so different! Excelent capture! TFS!

Hi Sebnem,
What a beautiful bird!
Mandarin.... don't tell me this is the main ingredient in the famous course "Peking duck"..?
Superb colours and details, uneven lighting well managed!
Pablo -

Hi Sebnem,
This duck is so colorful. Bright color composition all over its body. Very well captured and seen. I like the sharpness and composition very much. TFS.

hi friend,
great moment with a beautiful dinamic shot! I like the balance in you image, the colors are really working well together! Take care Ana:)

No comment is right.!!! Doing what comes naturally.
What a great piece of work.
Excellent clarity.
Very sharp.
very well focused.
Best regards,

Hi Sebnem, what are doing those duck?:)wonderful photo, great colors and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Qué hermosura de foto Sebnem. Los colores, la luz, los más ínfimos detalles los captáste con una nitidez asombrosa.
Enhorabuena por tan preciosa escena.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-01 1:34]

Hi Sebnem.
What an expressive scene you managed to capture. Amazing reflection of movement/ I like composition of the picture, great reproduction of the colours and details of the birds. Bravo and TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-23 7:05]

Hi Sebnem,
no comment neded on this one ;-). What a catch... must be Springtime.
Very nice action shot, POV, colors and details are great.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-17 6:52]

selam sebnem
bu mandrarin ordeklerini aktivite halindeyken iyi bir zamanlama ile kadrajlamissin
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkler ve bilgi notu basarili bir calisma olmus
eline saglik

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