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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-24 7:08
Viewed: 4000
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I finally had a little bit time today and got out into
nature - and what do i find on a nice little pond:

a Wood Duck swimming peacefully along some mallards.

It must have escaped from somewhere because Wood Ducks
normally live in North America.


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 (140
m) 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.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Duck]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 20D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 24.11.2007 13:21:07
Aufnahmemodus Blendenautomatik
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/320
Av (Blendenzahl) 6.3
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 800
Objektiv 18.0 - 250.0 mm
Brennweite 250.0 mm
Bildgröße 3504x2336
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschminderung Aus
Dateigröße 2889 KB
Transportart Reihenbild-Aufnahme

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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-24 7:31]

Hi Thorsten. A nice close up of the wood duck. i like the refection you have captured. good natural colours . Your sharp focusing has givemn fine detail . well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-24 7:35]

Hello Thorsten, great shot of the Wood Duck. It is amazing how they look so similar to the Mandarin Duck. You caught very good detail, vivid colours and all nice and sharp. Wonderful reflection.

tres jolie photo, ce canard a de tres belles couleurs, bonne netteté, bon focus, bravo et merci du partage

Hello Thor,
splendid Wood duck, wonderfull colors and reflection is just great, perfect focus with many nice details on the plumage, excellent point of view and nice composition,

Hello Thor
This is a lovely picture..the sharpness is superb and the colours very true and detailed..the pov is great giving a lovely reflection.

  • Great 
  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-24 11:29]

Hello Thorsten,
You captured fantastic colors, details and sharpness are great
Regards, Dejan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-24 12:56]

Hi Thor

Heh...you must have been surprised to fins such a bird in the pond :)
You might be right - maybe it got away from somewhere, but you did good to take some pictures...especially such a beautiful one as this one here :)
Probably one of the most beautiful of the duck species, the colors on this one are superbly reproduced here. I love the contrast here between the black patches in the plumage and those white stripes - they increase the attention for the photo.
The details are also pin-sharp and the composition is great - benefiting also from a nice reflection of the duck's head.

Bravo and TFS

  • Great 
  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-24 16:03]

Hi Thorsten
Amazing colors you captured with great sharpness and detail tfs jon

Hi Thorsten. Second wood duck I've seen today and just as perfect, excellent detail, great colours, the motion in the water is perfect, well done cheers Rick. :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-25 0:12]

Hola Thorsten,
hermoso trabajo y detalles,
buen foco y pov,
agradables reflejos,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-25 5:06]

Hi Thorsten.
I think it was impossible to reflect this beauty better. Razor sharpness of the bird image and stunning exact colours. Amazing reproduction of the water and small waves, excellent POV and framing. Bravo. Superb job.

excellent sharpness, good colours and light, very well done

  • Great 
  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-11-25 18:38]

This is the best Wood Duck photo I've ever seen. To be able to see the reflection of the face, and still see the foot through the water is remarkable. The white border adds some serenity to the water which draws it into the whole picture. Great job!
TFS Steph

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-27 5:16]

Hello Thorsten, what a great capture you've done ! Sharpness, exposure and definition are all perfect. Thanks for this great contribution !


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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-27 9:06]

WOW! Klasse ins Bild gesetzt, hervorragende Aufnahme von einer wunderschönen Ente.Tolle Spiegelung!
LG Rose

  • Great 
  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-27 18:16]

Hello Thorsten,
WONDERFUL!!! What a beautifil vivid colours... also BEAUTIFUL IN THE REFLECT ON WATER! EXCELLENT SHARPNESS. A great shot!
Best regards,


  • Great 
  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-28 12:47]

Hi Thor,

Very nice close up of this wood duck. The colours are marvellous and excellent sharpness also. Well done!


  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-11-28 19:51]
  • [3]

Hi Thorsten

A "peaceful escapee"…sounds like a bit of a paradox. Aren't escapees normally very tense or rather apprehensive while continuously looking over their shoulders to see if the "long arm of the law" is busy catching up on them? Sounds like you need to inform the animal "polizei" and afterwards claim a fat reward. However, you need to be very discreet otherwise this dangerous felon might make a 'duck' in the 'wood' (chuckle).

I like the cropping, leaving excellent space for the duck to move into, showing the stunning reflection, and providing sufficient BG of the wavy water surface. The colours are natural, the lighting was well controlled, and the details are very clear and well defined.

Great work MF and TFS.

  • Great 
  • emka (41)
  • [2007-12-04 13:49]

Hi Thorsten,

This wood duck is so beautiful. The colours, reflexions, sharpness - all is superb here.

Vielen Dank

Hi Thorsten,

Nice shot. What a superb colors. I like the reflection in the water a lot too.
Well done

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