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Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13016] (48472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-24 8:31
Viewed: 9034
Points: 51
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the same place in my hometown as my last photos I took this one.

The Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) is a small stiff-tailed duck.

Adult males have a rust-red body, a blue bill, and a white face with a black cap. Adult females have a grey-brown body with a greyish face with a darker bill, cap and a cheek stripe. The southern subspecies ferruginea is occasionally considered a distinct species. It is separable by its all-black face and larger size. The subspecies andina has a varying amount of black coloration on its white face; it may in fact be nothing more than a hybrid population between the North American and the Andean Ruddy Duck. As the Colombian population is becoming scarce, it is necessary to clarify its taxonomic status, because it would be relevant for conservation purposes.

Their breeding habitat is marshy lakes and ponds throughout much of North America. They nest in dense marsh vegetation near water. Pairs form each year.
They are migratory and winter in coastal bays and unfrozen lakes and ponds.

These birds dive and swim underwater. They mainly eat seeds and roots of aquatic plants, aquatic insects and crustaceans.

As a result of escapes from wildfowl collections, they are now established in Great Britain, from where they have spread widely into Europe. This duck's aggressive courting behaviour and willingness to interbreed with the endangered native White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala, of southern Europe has caused some concern.

Due to this, there is now a controversial scheme to extirpate the Ruddy Duck as a British breeding species.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-24 8:33]

Hi Peter. I sould love to have seen all of these different Ducks so close to home. I shall have to come to Netherlandds one day to see them. You have taken this Ruddy Duck with fine detail and bright colours. I do like its flat blue bill. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2009-06-24 9:32]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of a male Ruddy Duck, a threat to our European White-headed Duck. The POV, lighting, colours and composition contribute to an excellent portrait of this species. Park specimens must have their wings constantly clipped!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-24 9:40]

Hello Peter,
This is beautiful. The colors on the duck and on the water are very good. Very sharp details and wonderful lighting. Well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter, anther lovely and beautiful duck shot from you.
Details, composition and reflections are wonderful.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Ruddy Duck. Very well composed and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hallo Peter,

alweer een mooie eend op de gevoelige plaat.
Dit is een moeilijke met die witte en donkere tinten.
Blijkt ook wel want volgens mij is het witte op de wangen iets overbelicht.
Maar weer een mooie soort voor je toch al grote vogel collectie.


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-06-24 11:53]

what a pretty duck! :-) the colors are great, especially the "ruddy" one on the back and the blue beak, very cool, and
the black & white face, adorable. have to check our zoo, maybe they have some there too, would be nice to see them live.
well done & best wishes, thor.

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of the Ruddy Duck, splendid light and bright colours, POV and composition are excellent.
Best regards

Hello Peter
Lovely and fine shot of this duck.
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
  • [2009-06-24 14:01]

Hi Peter,maybe today the sharpness isn't perfect 100% and the head seem a little overxposed,but....happen's....ehehe...and it's right to show us same this beuatiful and strange duck....have a nice day my friend,thanks for share,LUCIANO

Hello Peter, excellent shot of this lovely duck.
TFS and reagards, Deniz

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-24 16:45]

Hi Peter,

An excellent addition to your duck collection. I love the light blue bill and the rust colored feathers. He is glowing against the darker water.


How do you manage it, Peter?
Shot after shot, it only gets better!

hello Peter

excellent close-up photo of the Ruddy Duck,
with fine POV, excellent sharpness and details
and a beautiful luminosity of the image, TFS


Hi Peter
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

Hello Peter,

Great photo.
Colours,light and definition are fantastic.
Excellent composition.
Good note.

Hello Peter
this duck is very beautiful with his blue beak
great luminosity and superb color, i like the colors of the water
Have a good night

I can tell this is one of your favorites...and this would be true for all mallards or ducks....I too appreciate most images of them. This one is no exception and well appreciated in technique and in patience!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-06-25 19:07]

Hello Peter,
I love watching the Ruddy Duck, the male is so beautiful and unusual. Great POV, colors, and composition... Well done


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 807 W: 0 N: 2370] (10420)
  • [2009-06-26 10:14]

Hi Peter,
Color with how beautiful duck ...
Very lovely with Ruddy Duck.Very good capture.Excellent sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 913] (3795)
  • [2009-06-26 12:49]

Well done on this capture of the Ruddy Duck.
Excelent details and composition.
Sharp, nice colors and superb POV.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-26 13:12]

Hello Peter,

A beautiful capture of Ruddy Duck!!
The colors are very good!
The light also!

TFS for all the dukes!
Have a nice day


hello Peter
banquet of colours and their management difficult,great litting up closep scene,wonderful composition with the undulation of water

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-27 14:10]

Hi Peter !

Splendid vangen. Licht, compositie, contrast ... perfect!
Een leuk weekend,

We, Bernardete & self, visited a National Park (Elk Island.) just one hour west of Edmonton about 3 weeks ago; we saw one of these beauties. I could not get my equipment ready, quick enough, to register it. WHAT A PITY.
MAGNIFICIENT imagery. Excellent notes.
Best regards from Calgary,

Peter, this is an outstanding photo of this Ruddy Duck. Just beautiful. Great job. Have a great day.

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