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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-21 7:11
Viewed: 4025
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These are Hardhead or White-eyed Duck (Aythya australis), a moderately common duck that occurs throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Hebrides Islands and New Zealand. The male is on the left, with the white eye, the female on the right with the dark eye. The bill colour is a very pale blue.
They are a diving duck that generally live on deeper freshwater wetlands where they feed on water plants and aquatic invertebrates. They live in pairs, small groups and occasionally groups of hundreds. Like many Australian ducks they are highly nomadic, moving to wetlands that are filled by periodic rains. In coastal areas they can appear in their hundreds for a few months, then disappear for years at a time.
I found this pair on a small ornamental wetland at Mittagong on the southern tablelands. It was a sunny late afternoon, so the tones are quite warm.
Thanks for looking.

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Well captured and composed. Excellent view.


Great capture Chris!
I have one like this.
The S 5000 is very good to take photos too distance because 10x zoom. the contrast and colors are nice.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-21 10:19]
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Hello Chris,

I really like the white eye of the duck in the FG, very well captured. If these ducks are white eyed ducks then why does the duck in the BG have a black eye? Details are good and composition is nice. Well done & TFS!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-21 12:22]

Chris, very nice effect upon the water. Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. I have the feeling that the duck on the left has a strange eye, but that's just a feeling, an opinion.

I enjoy colors too.

A very nice capture.

Hello Chris!
Very nice duck capture.Colors,lighting,DOF and especially composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-22 4:11]

Hello Chris!
Very nice capture.Lighting,colors,details,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

hello:) beauty is this pair :) beauty colours and POV is great:) I love also DOF here:)




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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-26 20:56]

Hello Chris!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. The duck in the front seems like a zombie who want to go out of my sceeen. Brrr!
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a great week!

Hi Chris,
These ducks create a nice composition.
I like the warm light on the wings of the ducks.
I also like the reflections in the water.

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