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Anas platyrhynchos

Anas platyrhynchos
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Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 10:29
Viewed: 3728
Points: 36
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I spent my weekend in Sovata which is a resort, in Gurghiu mountains, renowned for the heliothermal lake.

As weather was not very good, sky was cloudy and temperatures slightly under 0 C, I made a walk around Ursu lake. Most of the lake was covered by ice. Only a small part was not frozen. A flock of Mallards ( Anas platyrhynchos) was feeding on the free water. As birds were not frightened by my presence I took some photos. One of the males just came at the surface after diving in the shallow water. He was shaking off the water from the plumage.

Ursu lake (46,000 sq.m.) is quite special. It is the biggest European heliothermal lake. It was formed in 1875 when salt from the ground collapsed and landslides have blocked up two small rivers. Lake is about 18 meters deep and has salty water covered at the surface by a fresh water layer. The concentration of salt varies with the depth and is between 40 and 250 g/liter.

Due to the fresh water layer from the surface heliothermal phenomena occurs. Under sun radiation the salty water is heated more than the outside temperature. Therefore in summer, in the surface layer, temperature is between 19-20 C while at 1 meter deep it is 30-40 C and at 1.5 meters deep it is 40-60 C. Under this depth water temperature is between 21-26 C and constant all year long.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-15 10:34]

Hi Cristian . I like the pose from the male Mallard which you have taken just at the right time. With it standing up and flaping its wings. You have good detai land natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-15 10:39]

Hello Cristian,
excellent capture with perfect timing and POV. Top class work with wonderful sharp details, splendid colors,very good composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-15 11:06]

ha ha. se pare ca ratoii le-au izolat pe femele (sau invers?). ar trebui sa ii pui titlu 'ora baietilor'

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-15 11:22]

Hi Cristian.
You have caught a very cute scene. I like timing a lot and crisp sharp images of the ducks. Brownish colour palette is very attractive too and framing and POV of the picture also are very good. TFS and best wishes.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-12-15 11:55]
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Hm, Eliz spune ceva, Baile Sovata este renumit pentru tratamentul bolilor de reproducere la femei. Femeile sterpe, tratate la Sovata, de obicei devin gestante. Nu stiu, daca ratele, de sex feminin, nu cumva asteapte pe ratoii sa-si faca treaba, dupa ce revin de orele grele petrecute!

Frumoasa poza .Imi place acel mascul care s-a ridicat pe apa.Se pare ca sunt rate multe la Sovata.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-15 12:41]

Hello Cristian,
Great pose of the Mallard. Good timing. Excellent sharp details and beautiful natural colours. Nice POV.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-16 8:11]

Hi Cristian,
Beautiful scane and you caught it very well.I liked POV,timing,colors and conposition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Cristian,

Superb capture of these beautiful ducks finch in a fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.



Ciao Cristian, fantastic capture of a lot of goose, one in a fantastic pose, great composition with wonderful colors, very well done, Happy Holidays to you, Silvio

This one is TOP NOTCH Cristian. the great use of depth of field and natural colours cannot be beat! Very well seen here!

Hello Cristian

A well timed capture of this drake displaying his beautiful feathers,
Excellent vibrant colours.
The water has a lovely glass like appearance.
Good use of the December light.


Hi Christian,

Nice pose from the male Mallard and taken on the just moment.
Good of shaepness and with beautful colours.

Have a very nice Christmas and a happy new Year.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-12-25 23:16]

Hello Cristian,
Perfect timing to catch the male mallard flapping its wings.
Good focus, sharpness and details.

hi Cristian

Wonderful timed moment to capture this straight up pose of the male to make him the star of the group here. The scattered pattern of the group is interesting to show the other ones are bored.

tfs, bill

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-29 9:43]

Hello Cristian,
A fine capture of a group of mallards on the surface of this thermal pond. I like the male shaking his wings, caught with good timing, while the females keep to the BG.
TFS this fine image,
Best wishes for 2009!

Interesante toma Cristian, con realismo en los colores y buena luz.

Cristian, these Mallard's are very beautiful. Thanks for commenting on my 'Free Bird' photo. Have a wonderful day. Bill

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