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Husband and Wife

Husband and Wife
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, ISO 400, 67mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-09 21:06
Viewed: 4415
Points: 36
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Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Aix
Species: A. galericulata
Binomial name: Aix galericulata

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan.

The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.

Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang (simplified Chinese: ??; traditional Chinese: ??; pinyin: yuan yang), are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.

A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two mandarin ducks playing in water" (simplified Chinese: ????; traditional Chinese: ????; pinyin: yuan yang xì shui). The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.

The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat has reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to well below 1,000 pairs, although Japan may have around 5,000 pairs.[citation needed]

Specimens frequently escape from collections, and in the 20th century a feral population numbering about 1,000 pairs was established in Great Britain. Although this is of great conservational significance, the birds are not protected in the UK since the species is not native there.

In the wild, Mandarin Ducks breed in densely wooded areas near shallow lakes, marshes or ponds. They nest in cavities in trees close to water. Shortly after the ducklings hatch, their mother flies to the ground and coaxes the ducklings to leap from the nest. The Asian populations are migratory, overwintering in lowland eastern China and southern Japan.

Mandarins feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat plants and seeds, especially beechmast. They feed mainly near dawn or dusk, perching in trees or on the ground during the day.

Mandarins may form small flocks in winter, but rarely associate with other ducks.

Focal lenght : 300mm
Shutter speed : 1/100sec
Aperture : F9
Sensitivity : iso 400
Quality : RAW
Flash mode : Flash on
Shake reduction : yes
monopod : Manfroto 681B
PP in Adobe CS3
Frame in paint shop pro 8

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-09 23:32]

Wow I dont know what made you to give the title but very apt one. Just amazing colors and clarity. Ganesh

Hi Thijs,
A nice capture of this beautiful couple. Very good details and well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Thijs,
that's a beautiful couple, I love them very much. Excellent sharpness and brilliant colours, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Thijs,
you present very nicely this happy pair with Husband and Wife of Aix. I can see their marriage rings on legs:)
Sharp focus and great details. Nicely composed. I like also POV and frame. Splendid coloration. Good notes. Thanks for sharing.
have a nice weekend

Hoi Thijs,

Waar heb je deze gemaakt?
Mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte, jammer dat je de ringen om de poten ziet.

groet Gert

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-10 2:00]

Hi Thijs, what a beautiful couple. I love these Mandarin Ducks. And even though the male is a attractive colour, I think the female is the more prettier duck.
Well done

very beautiful couple, TFS Ori

Great image Thijs, would love to have a shot like this myself of the two..And they've posed so nicely for you :)
Perfect DOF, color, and exposure.

Hi Thijs

very nice couple indeed.Good POV. I think they are ringed, but dull colors , may in thier breeding season they look more vibrant.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-10 9:27]

Hello Thijs,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.
Very well done .TFS..

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-10 10:35]

Bonjour Thijs
Très beau couple de mandarin.
Excellente netteté, couleurs et cadrage, excellente gestion de l'exposition.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-10 12:37]

Hallo Thijs,
Prachtige opname uit Blijdorp. Erg mooi licht en fantastisch natuurlijke kleuren. Goede scherpte. Mooi laag standpunt en een goede compositie.

Hoi Thijs
zeer mooie foto van deze prachtige eenden
colours are just wonderfull,
great job my friend

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-10 15:00]

Hi Thijs,

Adorable picture, really like the composition. Colours are gorgeous, the focus is excellent and we can appreciate good details in the plumage. Very well done!


Wow, a couple with the wedding ring on. Great sharpness, POV and DOF.
Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-11 8:16]

Hello Thijs, what a lovely shot of this beautiful couple! Very sharp details, great exposure and very nice composition, maybe just a bit tight in the frame but a great shot nonetheless, well done, thanks!


Superb shot wonderfull poses and very sharp detail. Very well done super work. tfs rgds Necip.

Great shot!



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-13 18:49]

Hello Thijs

A beautiful and handsome couple.Super colour saturation.
The most beautiful duck in the World I believe.
Exceptional sharpness and focus,the lighting and colours are wonderful.
Well composed .The OOF BG is lovely.

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