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An evening walk with mom

An evening walk with mom
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Canada (chapter two) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-16 0:34
Viewed: 3578
Points: 44
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An evening walk with mom
Mallard Ducks
Anas platyrhynchos

During the summer, mallards spend much time asleep on water banks.
The mallard has only three defenses- swimming, flying, and camouflage, and it is prey to large mammals.
Mallards have no defense against humans who are their biggest enemy.
Many are killed by oil spills and pesticides.

Here, in Quebec, it has rained for three days. I hope that that will cease soon. A quite strange temperature: a heat wave in June followed by an autumnal period. Perhaps you noticed in your corner of the world similar weather phenomena.

Thank you for looking at mom with her babies.

Janice, dew77, Comandante, TAZ, coasties, slrnovice2, hummingbird24, marhowie, JeanMichel, red45, liquidsunshine, sandpiper2, PDP has marked this note useful
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Great picture, I like the composition a lot, it is so calm and relaxing, very good details and very good light.
Enjoy your new equipment.

Hello Luc!
Superb photo.Details,reflection,lighting and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-16 3:48]

SUPERB Luc. What an excellent shot of Mama and her babes. The water looks like a mirror with the reflection so perfect. Well composed, excellent sharp details and colours. I love it. Well done and thank you...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-16 3:58]

Hello Luc!
What a cute capture.Reflection on water,golden light,details,composition and family are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Luc

Stunning shot. Nice to see Mum out with the kids. The reflection is outstanding. Good POV. Excellent light. Awesome work! Thanks.

Lovely family Luc. Very cute. the warm light is great!! love the calm of the water infront of mom.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-16 6:23]

An evening swim! :) Very beautiful and warm colors Luc. Excellent details, well composed and good POV. The reflection in the water is great and the little ducklings are so cute. Well done & TFS!


Hi Luc, I love the mirror effect of the water, the reflections are perfect. It is such a shame that the little ones are not in front but that's nature for you - they make up their own minds! Actually I really like the way they are peeking up from behind mum, maybe it was best this way after all. In any case, everything that was under your actual control is excellent and you produced a very beautiful shot :)

Great picture, Luc, it is very calm. Very nice reflections.
Well composed, good details and nice colours.
The new "baby" work great in your hands.
Excellent work.

Beautiful and artistic shot of this fine feathered family, Luc.
Your composition reminds me of days at the cottage, or beach, in the evening when everyone else has gone home and the quiet that is left in the wake.
Wonderful reflection and water stillness, thank you for sharing this with us.

Strange weather here as well, yesterday we had many mini storms, which lasted for short periods, then proceeded to sunshine, then stormed again. I would say approx. 10 - 12 times in the day.

Bonjour Luc, c'est la pleine saison des canetons ici aussi, et cela fait aussi ma joie. Votre photo est excellente pour plusieurs raisons: le point de vue est parfait, laissant juste apparaître les yeux de ceux qui sont derrière, la surface de l'eau est bien lisse, d'où de superbes reflets, la netteté est excellente (malgré le mouvement et 1/100), la composition donne à ce petit groupe un côté attendrissant, la lumière est superbe! Un grand bravo!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-16 12:25]

Great looking convoy Luc! Very calm water, perfect reflections and warm colours. Great shot!
ps: Thank you very much for mail and photos Luc! It helped me very much and I'm going to buy S2 on sunday :-)

Ils ont retrouvé leur maman. La reflection est superbe ainsi que l'éclairage.
Tout simplement magnifique

Great capture Luc,
Well composed, good sharp details and a great reflection.
The colours are good and the water being so still is a real bonus.

Rain for three days, you lucky man Luc....it's been raining here for the last 31 years!!!

Bonjour Luc,
Superbe lumière dans cette photo! Tout a l'air si calme. Belle réflection et jolies couleurs.

Yes Luc the weather is weird here in eastern Australia as well. Its supposed to be winter, but a few days a go it was 23 deg C. We are in drought and a lot of the local birdlife has dissapeared.
How do you like your new camera?, the results look pretty good to me.
I notice that the chicks plumage is slightly fuzzy. I took a shot the other of our Pacific Balck Duck, which looks similar to the mallard. I didn't post it because of that fuzzy look. Maybe its just the fluffy feathers they have at theis age!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-17 3:34]

Voila une belle famille de canard admirablement photographiée ! Belles couleurs et jolie reflet. L'eau semble si calme... Compliments !

Luc, This perfectly still water has captured the perfect reflection. I like the late afternoon light that has cast a warm colortone across the ducks faces..Great details and sharpness..A great panning shot! Well done my friend!

What a cute bunch. You managed to get the catchlight in all the eyes. Very nice composition and capture, Luc. Very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-17 18:25]

Hello Luc, very nice shot. It's got lots of cute appeal and the lighting and the reflections on the water are very good. Well done.

Beau travail Luc!
Le calme de l'eau est très bien démontré.

Dommage que le texte soit uniquement en anglais !


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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-06-24 22:52]

Very nice picture. Framing is great with the mirror effect. Nice lighting on the subject.

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