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::Interesting Facts::

::Interesting Facts::
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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-18 13:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some interesting facts about the COMMON Mallard, and some other stuff ...

Mallard (Male)
Anas platyrhynchos

Family Name: Anatidae

The Mallard is a great destroyer of mosquito life. In a 1914 experiment, two dams were constructed on a stream so that the ponds would present exactly the same conditions. One was stocked with goldfish and in the other 20 Mallards were allowed to feed. After a short time the duck pond was entirely free from mosquitos while the fish pond was teeming with young insects in different cycles of life. The well-fed Mallards were then admitted to the infested pond, where they soon recognized the presence of larvae and pupae of the mosquitoes and immediately turned their attention to these, ravenously devouring them in preference to any other food present. At the end of 24 hours no pupai were to be found and in 48 hours only a few of the larvae survived.

A group of Mallards is called a SORD of ...

There are one hundred and forty-seven species in the Anatidae family worldwide

Because of the size and position of their eyes, ducks can see everything around them for approximately 340 degrees without turning their heads.

Feathers make up about one-sixth of a bird’s weight. Hummingbirds have the fewest feathers, some having less than 1,000. Some swans have more than 25,000.

Wetlands are being destroyed at a rate of 35 acres an hour. Since the first European settlers colonized North America, we have lost well over 50 percent of our wetlands.

Some cities are built on wetlands, including Washington, DC, Boston, and San Francisco

Mallard can fly at speeds well over 50mph.

This Mallard was captured (not literally) at a local pond (same as the Coot posted previously).

Image has been cropped and a twig was cloned from the foreground. Nothing else has been done.

Thanks for taking the time to look, even if it is just another duck ...

marhowie, sAner, AdrianW, pompey, dew77, Luc, liquidsunshine, Fisher, wideload, gerhardt, Olivinho, TAZ, Chaga has marked this note useful
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To livios: ThanksRunnerduck 1 03-22 12:16
To gerhardt: MallardRunnerduck 2 03-22 07:42
To sAner: MallardRunnerduck 2 03-22 06:28
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Julia, Great color & I like the water running off the duck after the "dunk". The broken light/shadows create an interesting look. Well done!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-18 17:07]
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Hi, Très belle prise, l'eau qui ruisselle donne un effet très intéressant. Bravo

No such thing as 'just another duck' Julia.
This is a beautiful duck, because we see Mallards often we sometimes overlook the fact that this is one of the most beautiful, colourful ducks in the world.
This is a good example with excellent colours and the fast speed has frozen the water droplets perfectly.
The note is also excellent!
Well captured.

This is truly one of the best photos of a mallard I have ever seen! It has everything, including the beads of water on his feathers. You've captured him just as he has emerged from the water and the ripple seems attached to his beak. Great colour too. Excellent!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-19 3:35]
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Hello Julia,

I really like the water running down from this duck. The colors are really good and the light is great. Details are very good and POV & DOF are too. I love the very green head, stunning color! Well done & TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-19 4:36]
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Very good shot,Julia!Colorful,sharp and detailed.
Really interesting facts about ducks!I liked your note...TFS

Very nice shot, I could be a bit sharper. Great note.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-20 14:18]
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A truly beautiful shot. You have captured everything great, the reflections, the light, the composition and such great details.
I would have probably cloned out the little distracting branches.
Your note is more than complete: very ::Interesting Facts:: indeed!
Thanks alot Julia; a great work!

Hi Julia!
Great blue water! And wonderful drops on its head. Pretty photo.

Nice shot Julia,
Lovely capture with the water drops and shadows.
The twigs are a little distracting, but not bad enough to take my attention away from a great mallard shot.
Nice details, colours and clarity
Thanks for posting

Excelent capture, Julia. Well done on this composition and details.
Just need to cloan out the branch or stick on the left.


Just love all the facts Julia, the shot is pretty good too, nice detail and colour.

Very nice shot. Every aspect needed to make this a great shot is here. Great note as well. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-22 11:17]
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Hi, Julia. A great shot indeed. I like composition, colors and pov.

I guess we don't have mallards in Brazil (I've never seen them here), and I think they're very beautiful creatures.

Your picture shows this very well.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-03-22 15:55]
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Good one, I like the shiny eye, good work

WOW !!!
I love the colors and the details with the water drops. Absolutely fantastic!
Great pic! And definately in my favourites.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-31 0:12]
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Belle composition pour ce joli canard Colvert aux couleurs éclatantes. Les petites gouttes d'eau apportent un plus.
Well done.

Wonderfull colours & sharpness on this mallard Julia, i like the composition,

Well done !

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