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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa A100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 13:08
Viewed: 3530
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is by far my favorite Duck, We have a growing population of this Ducks around Phoenix, they are so tamed that you think they are domesticated and with their whistling they are little beggars.. They are very cute and friendly..

Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) is a whistling duck that uniquely breeds monogamously "for life" (as do swans and geese) in the southernmost USA and tropical Central and South America.

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is a common but wary species. It is largely resident, apart from local movements. It usually nests in hollow trees. The habitat is quiet freshwater lakes, cultivated land or reservoirs with plentiful vegetation, where this duck feeds mainly at night on seeds and other plant food. It is highly gregarious, forming large flocks when not breeding. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear whistling waa-chooo call.

The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is mainly non-migratory. Birds in the extreme northern portions of their range (Arizona, Louisiana, and parts of Texas) move south in winter. At the heart of their range, there is a tendency to travel in flocks over the winter months, though this behavior is not necessarily migratory.

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hello Everton

lovely shot of this beautiful duck with excellent luminosity & contrast
of the image, excellent POV & framing, i love the very good space
you let in front of the duck, excellent sharpness & details, TFS


Hello Everton,
Very well captured of this beautiful duck!
a good pose of him in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details in it!
the exposure and focus is spot on
well done, my friend!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-22 14:30]

Hi Everton

Lovely pose and good exposure and colour. You have really captured those long legs well.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-22 14:33]

Hi Everton,
This is a very nice image
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-02-22 15:12]

Hello Everton !
I had never seen this species of duck, and I think he is very beautiful ! I love his warm brown colors. The picture is wonderful, with excellent details, nice natural colors, splendid composition and POV, and a nice pose of the duck - he really looks very friendly. Very well done !

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-22 15:34]

Hi Everton,

A very elegant duck with beautiful earth colours which you captured with good details an excellent sharpness. Well done!


Hello Everton,
it looks like very funny, but very beautiful duck species. Your capture very nice with sharp focus, great POV, composition and splendid colors. good notes.
have a nice weekend my friend

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-22 19:25]

Fantastic shot and so colorful too. Great composition and very sharp image. Your right this is a beautiful duck. I wish I would have seen some while we were out visiting during Christmas week.

Hi Friend,
Superbes couleurs avce une belle lumière, les détgails son ttrès bien la composition parfaite.

Hi Everton, nice shot, beautiful composition!!! Cheers, Luís.

muito boa,exelente foto de qualidade maravilhosa,meus parabéns.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-23 4:59]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura,
bella ave y color,
buen foco.
saludos Everton

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-23 5:38]

Hello Everton,
I always liked these cute little ducks too and here you've captured it so well! I like how it stands out very sharply against the background and the details are sharp and the colours are lovely. A very fine composition too!
Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-23 6:42]

Hola Everton.
Fima foto y exelent la pose. Posando solo para tu lente. Agradables colores y un muy bello fondo.
Saludos Everton

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-23 7:46]

Hi Everton,

A very cute and impish looking duck. He has such thick long legs. Wonderful pose, good colors and details. I like the setting and composition. Did you hear him whistle?

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-23 8:08]

Hi Everton. Once again a new one on me. so thanks for posting. Ita has a naughty look about it.you have captured fine detail and colour in the fethers. well done TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-23 9:28]

Hi Everton.
Simply blameless and fine picture of the bird and scene. All is superb. Especially I like wonderful rich colours, great sharpness of the image, precise exposure. However, key point is beautiful subject and amazing execution of the picture. Bravo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 13:47]

Hi Everton,
Wonderful profile shot with nice colours and details on its plumage. Superb use and control of harsh natural lighting and I like the cool and composed posture portrayed. The reflection on the water makes the image stand out. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Everton,

Beautiful portrait of this duck. Very nice composition. Good sharpness. Excellent light and colours.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-26 13:39]

hello Everton
good capture and nice pose of this cute duck
i like composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours, contrast, sharpness and note
thanks for sharing

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