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Mrs Mallard

Mrs Mallard
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 1:16
Viewed: 3857
Points: 14
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

The Mallard duck was introduced to New Zealand from 1867 - 1960 for game purposes and is now the most numerous and widespread waterfowl. They breed with Grey Ducks and hybrids are common.

This is the female Mallard and is a much less colourful than the male with her mottled brown and paler feathers. Her bill is orange and the legs are somewhat weaker in colour than those of the drake but the iridescent speculum is common to both sexes.

The Mallard has a strong, fairly fast, level flight with rapid wing beats. It is one of the largest ducks. The drake is normally silent in flight while the female emits the familiar low "quack".


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Nicely captured. View is natural with good detail, color and detail.

Interesting. Like in New Zealand, mallards are the most common ducks found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Hello Janice,
Good photography of a female Mallard duck.
Well composed for example.

Hi Janice,
My husband wondered the other day, why it is that mallards have been so successful. They are so numerous everywhere we go. They are quite lovely too... I think under-appreciated because they are so numerous.

This is a nice sharp well exposed image.

Evelynn : )

Why those ducks always look like they are smiling? I want to know :)! I didn't know that there were Mallard in your country. They are international ducks :)! This is a nice capture, well composed, detailed and exposed. Thanks,

Hi Janice,
Nice detail, DOF, and natural color..Great POV with reflection..
It's "quacking" good ;}

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-09 20:20]

Hello Janice

A beautiful portrait of this lovely lady mallard.She often doesn't get the attention she deserves.
Very good focus and detail,the plumage shows well.
The lighting and colours are natural.
Very good eye detail and catch light.Is it just me or do ducks always look like they are smiling?


Hi Janice!!!
Duck is back :-))))
I miss time of green and blue colours all around. There is snow and winter and we have to wear lots of clothers. Michał hate caps and havy rompers.
Best regards for you and your family and... ducks in NZ :-)

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