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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, 1/450 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-03-23 9:58
Viewed: 3946
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
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Anas platyrhynchos

My female Mallard is probably not as aesthetically pleasing as my last post here but I think she is beautiful.

As most details on the Mallard have probably been posted I have dug out some more interesting facts:

A single feather may have more than one million parts. Feathers become worn with use and are usually replaced every year. This is called moulting and is generally gradual, enabling birds to fly reasonably well. Ducks and geese moult all their wing feathers at once in the autumn and are unable to fly for two to four weeks.

Birds are the only animals that have hollow bones in order to keep their body weight low to assist in flying.

The colour of a bird’s plumage can play a part in its search for food. Terns and many other fish-eating sea birds have white underparts. Unsuspecting fish cannot see them against the bright sky

The phrase "eating like a bird" to describe someone who picks at his food and eats very little is actually quite inaccurate. Most birds eat relatively large quantities of food in proportion to their body weight

This female Mallard was taken at the same place as my previously posted Drake and Coot.

Please take a look at my WS. I had to clone out a branch from the foreground which covered the Duck, also cropped the image.

Thanks for taking the time to look

dew77, davhol76, ljsugarnspice, Fisher, manyee, pompey, Janice, PDP, wideload, sAner, AdrianW, Comandante, liquidsunshine, Esox, Luc, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-23 10:20]
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Beautiful lady in beautiful blue water:) I can see her leg under water,so it must be very clean!
Plus,your ws is perfect.Congratulations and TFS

Hi Julia!
What a grat blue water! I wolud like to go swimm with your duck! Do you think it is possible?

Hi Julie,

What a lovely picture. You seem to have a good eye for these types of pictures


Well done on this capture, you could have composed the reflection in the water, it would have improved the shot greater.
Excelent work.


Great work Julia, a beautiful duck on beautiful water. Great details, good note and very skilled cloning technique.
You have done very well.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-23 15:12]
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She is beautiful Julia, and she's contrasting so nicely on the blue water. Good details of her feathers. And interesting notes too. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-23 15:33]
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Well Julia, I like the female mallards over the males - I like the brown colours. Very nice picture and note. The duck looks great and the water is very nice too. I would have been tempted to include the reflection of the head too. Very nice detailed picture. Well done.

There are some nice patterns in the female mallard plumage and they look good when the sun catches them, very nice Julia.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-23 16:40]
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Very nice picture Julia. The colors are very good and so is the exposure. The foucs on the body seems a wee bit soft. Well done & TFS!

Nice shot! Having looked at your workshop I must say you've done an excellent job with your cloning, I usually spot that sort of thing quickly, and I didn't even notice it this time - nicely done! In some ways I prefer the female, although it's a bit of a swings and roundabouts situation, I love the bold colours of the drake, but the intricate patterning on the duck is also very pleasing. I'm afraid I agree with Mike/Paul about the reflection, but it's only minor. Something I think can be enhanced though, is the sharpness. Have a look at the Workshop I've posted and see what you think! Well captured :-D

Lovely lady!
Very good sharp shot...
Well done:)

Another good shot Julia,
Nice details, good colours and good clarity
The sun brings out the details better in this mallard. Nice capture
Thanks for posting

Julia, another great shot coming from you. Excellent composition and sharpness. I like the bg too.


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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-03-29 10:58]
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A very nice shot, sharp and clear.
I especially like the soft light.
Note is very complete too.
Good work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-29 11:22]
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Thanks Julia.
Nice picture and very interesting facts again.
Do you know that a hummingbird swallows until six times its weight a day?
Bon appétit!

Nothing wrong here... :) Its a very pleasing shot with lots of details. The water looks so nice. Interesting write up too. Very well done.

Lovely shot. Mallards are so easy. We have them at a pond down the road too, and i love sitting and watching them. This is a lovely lady.


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