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Golden eyes

Golden eyes
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I-, Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-25 2:33
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
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Today a sunny day was forecasted and I went on an early walk this morning,found this female golden eye with youngsters (5 in total),when I passed at first they swam in the water,but on my way back they had a small break under mums wings,hope you like it and tfw.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-25 2:48]

Hallo Paul,
Deze ontbreekt nog in mijn eenden foto verzameling. Is in ScandinaviŽ veel algemener dan bij ons.
Een schitterende foto tegen een even mooie natuurlijke achtergrond. Prachtige scherpte en een erg goede compositie. Het licht valt precies goed.

great and very cute family, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,
what a wonderful scene, you have captured this family of the Common Goldeneye with superb sharpness and splendid colours in a very nice composition
Best regards

An excellent shot of these Golden Eyes, Paul.
This could go into a school book, it's so beautiful...
Very well done!

A very good close up shot Showing good detail and colours.
Best wishes,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-25 7:42]

Hello Paul
I see this species every winter but I can't take any photos:(.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-05-25 8:43]

Hi Paul,
A superb capture of this little family.
The "golden eye" really jumps out!
The light is beautiful and the details are super sharp.
Love the natural habitat background.
A special moment!
TFS. : )

hallo Paul
dit is te gek ,zo mooi scherp en leuke compositie
zeer mooi licht en schitterende kleuren
zeker die ogen ,super!!
je blijft er naar kijken

groetjes lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-25 11:33]

H Paul. A great close up of the Golden eye Duck. I just love the pose with the ducklings looking out at you. You have taken ths with fine detail and bright colours. A very clear and bright picture. well done TFs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-25 12:06]

Hello Paul,
What a delightful capture!
Fine shot of a female Golden-eye protecting her young. Technically superb and well composed against the reedy BG in excellent lighting.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-25 12:36]

Hello Paul !

Splendid vangen.
Mooi beeld, goed gedaan en afgespeeld.
Beschrijving is goed.
Een mooie avond

Beautiful shot, love the detail in the chicks, nice work.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-25 16:37]

Hi Paul,

How nice of them to arrange their rest at the right time for you. This mom and babies are marvelous. I see where the name Golden Eye comes from. The adult and juveniles are all beautiful with wonderful colors and details. I love the setting.


Hello Paul,
Very sharp, good details and colours. Great moment.


This is excellent shot for very beautiful Golden eyes and her young. This is one of my favourite ducks. It rarely winters in Turkish northern coasts. In last winter, I captured several some nice shot, but they stolen with my laptoop. I will wait next winter.
you are lucky to see very close and captured with a wonderful shot. excellent details, POV/DOF, natural BG and composition. thanks for sharing this beauty.
best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-26 7:41]

Hello Paul,
What a gorgeous and sharp capture of this Goldeneye mum with her young ones! Very well timed and a beautiful composition. I never seem to get close enough to this lovely duck and I've never seen the pretty ducklings before!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Paul
what a great shot very well detailed and wonderful colors
great composition, lighting and pose of this Golden Eye family
I like to see her natural Habitat and i LOVE the nice faces of the babies
Have a good night

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-24 2:27]

Dag Paul,

Zo'n tafereeltje kom je in Nederland niet elke dag tegen. Zeldzaam mooie foto met ook nog eens een fantastische achtergrond.


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