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Young and lost!

Young and lost!
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-22 5:52
Viewed: 2991
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gadwall - Anas strepera

We had another go yesterday at finding some birds to photograph! Another wonderful sunny day and a trip down south along the Baltic coast proved fruitful and I found a few species worth portraying! In the outlet of a small river there were lots of Mallards and among them this Gadwall that seemed to have lost its way. It was frequently being mobbed by the Drakes but proudly sailed away as they came to attack. Here it is standing on the bottom by the edge of the river to avoid the strong current, and therefore it shows a greater part of the plumage than if it had been swimming! A lovely sight not often seen here and certainly not at such close range (about 5-6 metres)!

This is a young male Gadwall that still is in the process of developing its adult plumage. The grey markings and the white speculum are typical and it will later develop a darker brown on the head and a black tail.

It is a bird found in open wetlands and wet marshes fringed with dense vegetation but is a scarce-breeding bird in Sweden. It is widespread but less common in Europe too.

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Hello Ulla! Amazing topis, amazing shot, nice light and bright, very nice colours, good sharpness. Good luck!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-22 5:58]

Hello Ulla,
Great photo of this Gadwall in beautiful light. Nice to see more of the plumage than usual. Excellent sharpness and details in the feathers. Beautiful coloured environment, POV and composition.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-22 6:01]

Hello Ulla.

Nice shot of this Gadwell.
The light is splendid and gives a beautiful coloring.

Gr. Hans

A very lively picture of this lost bird, Ulla.
I like the texture and brown tinge of the water you captured by selecting the angle of exposure. It goes extremely well with the colour of the subject.
A wonderful picture with rich details.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Ulla,
those mallards were just jealous because even though they have more colour they don't have the wonderful texture this Gadwall drake has to his plumage.Actually I like both ducks very much and all ducks in general.What I like about this photo is the light you speak of and the way that light shows the wonderful texture of his feathers and the warm colours.The image is sharp and clear as well, which brings him to life.Thanks for sharing this fellow with us ,he lives here too but isn't a very common bird.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-22 6:19]

Hş Ulla,
Magnificent capture of this Gadwall.Details,eye contact,sharpness,colors and lighting are perfect.
Have a great sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Ulla,

A very good picture from this duck that I never been seen in wild.
Good detail, pov and dof.
Fine natural colours.


hello Ulla

excellent photo of the beautiful Gadwall, shot with fine POV, DOF
and framing, fine focus to th birds with great sharpness
and details of its wonderful plumage, beautiful luminosity,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Hello Ulla,
a superb portrait of the Gadwall, very good sharpness and fantastic light, marvellous colours tones of the feathers, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hello Ulla, great shot of this lovely duckwith nice pose.
TFS and regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-22 7:51]

Hi Ulla. This looks like a lucky find. And as you say in your notes , a pose were we can see a good part of the body. Which you have taken with your sharp focusing and fine detail. It looks as if you made the most of the light with the natural colours you have captured. Well taken TFs.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-22 8:05]

Hello Ulla, a beautiful shot of this cute young gadwall with nice pose, composition and details.
TFS and R's,

hello Ulla
this is a Beauty picture
very good sharpness with nice light
super shot
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture, with superb natural colours and good details.
Sharpness,POV and composoition are great.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-22 10:15]

Hello Ulla.
A very good shot of this Gadwall Duck.The plumage detail is very good.Well focused with good eye contact.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla, splendid light on lovely anas, fantastic details and superb sharpness, wonderful natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla.
Fantastic picture with clear details and lights...Pose and colors excellent....TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-22 14:58]

Hi Ulla,the details of the plums are fantastics,but i know your perfect sharpness everytime...this is a beautiful portrait,impressive colors and composition too,thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

Hi and Good Morning Ulla,

Amazingly beautiful and expertly taken capture of this cute young male Gawwall from nice POV, with perfect focus, exposure, impeccable clarity with delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice week!

hello Ulla
very beautiful scene with exceptional attribution of colours and attractive background the water, the details explicit through the very good focus,great photo!
keep photographing!!! TFS

Hello Ulla,

Amazing details in the plumage of this smiling fellow!
The composition has an appealing simplicity, which focuses all attention on the bird...
The scene is well framed, and I notice the tine reflection as a bonus!

Pablo -

Hallo Ulla
This is an outstanding image and superb camera work. The details captured on the plumage are outstanding. Photography on all the detail of the bird including the leather textured beak, the polka dot eye and especially the delicate and silvery looking feathers is great. It was a pleasure looking and admiring this lovely water bird’s beauty. It has a soft touch on the eye. My best regards.

Hello Ulla,

An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & composition. Very well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


Hello Ulla
a fine capture of this Gadwall with his juvenile plumage
very well detailed shot taken in the sunshine
i like the water coloration very much
Have a good night

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-11-23 14:44]

Hi Ulla
Such fine detail capturing the intricate design of the feathers...Very well done...TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-24 5:00]

Hello Ulla,
A very fine light illuminates this picture. Absolutely marvellous the fine patterns of the duck's plumage and the reflections on the water. And I discover a duck which I had seen on a little lake during the summer, not knowing what species it was.
Un double merci donc
Meilleures pensées

Bonsoir Ulla
Merci pour cette lumière qui met en valeur les détails du plumage de ce "Canard chipeau" (en français).
Bravo amicalement

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