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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 14:41
Viewed: 3175
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult male Shelduck at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve. The picture was taken in May when the breeding plumage is at its brightest.

From Birdguides:

Shelduck Tadorna tadorna

In: Common Shelduck Ca: └nec blanc Da: Gravand De: Brandgans Es: Tarro blanco Fi: ristisorsa Fr: Tadorne de Belon It: Volpoca Nl: Bergeend No: Gravand Pt: Pato-branco Sv: Gravand US: Common Shelduck Ru: Пеганка

Shelducks are significantly bigger and more goose-like than other ducks. They are conspicuously black and white birds, the adults looking as if a big orange band has been wrapped around their chest. Juveniles lack this orange band and have a white face and throat and more brown and white plumage.

Breeds on estuaries, gravel pits and fields. Winters on estuaries and sandy shores.

Several females often co-operate by pooling their families of chicks to create 'creches'. These are attended by several females which presumably can deter predators more effectively than a female on her own.

Birds tend to arrive at their breeding areas during the late winter or early spring. After breeding most adults depart for their moulting grounds, leaving the flightless young in creches overlooked by one or two adults. Numbers of moulting birds peak at 180 000 birds in the German Waddenzee in July.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-24 14:44]

Hi Pekka,
Nice capture of this shelduck with fine POV. Good composition and color tones. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-24 14:52]

Hi Pekka,

A very colorfull capture of this shelduck,well composed with good low POV,tfs


This one is so real...I almost feel as though I am looking through a window...or maybe it's just that i have a great monitor...22" LCD but still...It is different than most images...Tres cool! Very nice image...worthy of praise!

Hello Pekka,
great capture for very lovely and colorful Shelduck. Great using teleconverter and f/11. POV, colors, focus and lighting wonderful. colors on water by reflection also superb. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Pekka,
This is a beautiful specie that I haven't seen often. It is so colorful! You captured nice details in good exposure and composition. Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot!

hello Pekka

nice shot of the Shelduck (canard tadorne), fine POV, DOF,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details of the plumage,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-24 22:46]

Hello Pekka,
What a gorgeous close-up of a Shelduck! They're pretty shy here and hard to get close to. Your focus is spot-on, details very sharp and the colours beatuf˙l and natural. Nice ripples on the water too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-24 22:55]

Hello Pekka,
This is great: I have not succeeded in getting a good close portrait of a Shellduck like this one of a fine male taken with fine sharpness, colours and lighting.
TFS this beauty,

Hello Pekka,

Splendid capture of this beautiful duck. Excellent composition. Great sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.

great, crystal sharp pic, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-25 4:21]

Hi Pekka,the colors of this are wonderfuls and very perfectly taken! The light make a difference and the backgrund is beautifull too! Thanks a lot to show us this beauty of nature,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-25 5:28]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo of this Shelduck in great colours and sharpness. Very good POV and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-25 8:11]

Hi Pekka,

He's beautiful - I want one! An absolutely magnificent shot of this Shelduck. The breeding plummage is wonderful - your black, white and rust are perfect. That red beak is striking and the eye sparkles through the black face. Even the water is outstanding with the soft ripples and reflections. An excellent composition.


Hi Pekkka, fantastic portrait of lovely duck with fin details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-25 14:32]

Hi Pekka,
a great shot of this Shelduck in a stunning plumage.
Very good sharpness.
Superb composition.
Great POV.
Really detailed.

Well done,

Hi Pekka

An excellent shot of this shelduck taken with that massive lens.
Great composition, sharpness and plumage detail.


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