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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Webbed birds, Baby Animals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 3:37
Viewed: 3709
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was watching this group of ducklings interact and noticed that little guy being left out of the group.

Anas platyrhynchos

One of the most familiar of ducks, the Mallard is found throughout North America and all across Eurasia. Where it does not occur naturally, it often has been introduced. It is found in all kinds of wetlands and is a familiar inhabitant of urban park ponds.

Cool Facts

The Mallard is the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Many of the domestic breeds look like the wild birds, but usually are larger. They are variable in plumage, often lacking the white neck ring or having white on the chest. Feral domestic ducks breed with wild Mallards and produce a variety of forms that often show up with wild ducks, especially in city parks.
The widespread Mallard has given rise to a number of populations around the world that have changed enough that they could be considered separate species. The "Mexican Duck" of central Mexico and the extreme southwestern United States and the Hawaiian Duck both are closely related to the Mallard, and in both forms the male is dull like the female. The Mexican Duck currently is considered a subspecies of the Mallard, while the Hawaiian Duck is still given full species status.
Mallard pairs are generally monogamous, but paired males actively pursue forced extra-pair copulations. Copulation between members of a pair usually takes place in the water after a long bout of elaborate displays. Forced copulations are not preceded by displays, and several males may chase a single female and mate with her.
Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings.


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Hey Manyee, what lovely ducklings. I like it. Good work, very good sharpness, details, colours and copmposition.
Thanks for sharing

Great shot Manyee,
The poor little lonely duckling
Well captured, thanks for posting

Nice composition and reflections in the water. Excellent focusing. A very good work as well as a useful note. Very good!

They are a cute group. I think the little one out of the group is very independent and maybe wants its own adventure. Nice shot. Good POV and colour. Thanks.

Just too adorable! All of the ducklings around here have grown up (too fast if you ask me).
I'd almost forgotten how cute they were.
An excellenet capture of these ducklings busy doing their own thing.
Well done and thanks for posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-22 6:43]

Hello Manyee,

These duckings are LOVELY! Really, really cute. Great details, well composed and lovely, sunny colors. 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)
  • [2005-06-22 9:49]

Manyee, we have great ducks here in Brazil, but, so far, I didn't manage to capture them.

Your picture is cute and very nice.

A very good composition, great pov.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-22 17:45]

Nice shot Manyee... what a cute little bunch.. gorgeous... poor thing, I am sure he will catch up soon. very nice shot... great colours and details, thanks for sharing.. :)

Very nice anfd cute, Manyee.
I havn't seen any here yet but the mallads are always late to show their ducklings,
Nice colours, good details and well composed.
Well done.

Manyee, Nice and cute huddle of ducklings..Nice details and colors, Well done.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-06-24 9:23]

Very beautiful and so cute. I love this image.
Very good work

They are very funny ducklings.

I liked very much of this picture.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-09 11:56]

Very nice. Great colors, and each and every duckling is in focus. The color and contrast are right on the money.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-11-01 20:01]

Muito bonito. Meigo. Lindo. Composição, cores, nitidez, POV, iluminação, textura.
Uma ótima foto. Obrigado.

Hello Manyee,
lovely party, I like the well reported fluffy appearance of feathers very much.
Beautiful colour contrasts, nice composition.
With thanks, and best regards,

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