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A chubby duck!

A chubby duck!
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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, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-04 7:57
Viewed: 6104
Points: 70
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European Wigeon - Anas penelope

On one of those rare sunny days recently we went for a trip south to a charming old town called Simrishamn. As it has quite a big fishing harbour, there are usually plenty of birds to see. While crossing a footbridge where a small river enters the Baltic, lots of Mallards came up to us hoping to be fed! Among them we discovered a Gadwall (that I posted before) and this female Wigeon that Ivan has posted earlier. While he was capturing her from the edge of the river I was up on the bridge and managed to get this capture just as she was looking up at me from a distance of about 4 metres!

These dabbling ducks are smaller than Mallards and have a short beak and steep forehead. The male has a beautiful chestnut head with a golden streak along the middle. The female above is standing in very shallow water and hence showing a lot of her plumage.

Wigeons are not that common here and normally hard to get close too. They’re found in northern territories from Great Britain, Iceland and across Asia.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-04 8:02]

Wonderful capture!
Anas penelope is a great duck!
Colors and details are great!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-04 8:13]

Hello Ulla
Excellent capture...In my country it's not easy to take a good photo with wild ducks.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-04 8:23]

Hello Ulla,
This kind of photos I like very much. The sharpness and natural colours are superb. Very, very nice eye contact in this pose. Good matching surroundings and composition.

Ciao Ulla, splendid light on beautiful anas, lovely composition with splendid reflections, excellent sharpness and fine details, great natural colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-04 9:11]

It is a very nice portrait of this duck, natural colors and very fine details!

hello Ulla

very beautiful photo of this European Wigeon female,
shot with fine POV and DOF, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details, a beautiful clear water,
your photo show us the wonderful thing that
females birds are always or almost always
camouflaged with their environment, TFS


Hello Ulla, excellent shot of a lovely duck in a beautiful pose.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla, lovely and great shot of this beautiful duck.
Nice composition, details and POV.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hi Ulla,

Wonderful picture of this duck. Good detail and good colors.Nice glint in the eye as well.
Good capture and TFS


Hello Ulla,
Very nice duck. Excellent details, colours and focus.
Wonderful composition.

Ciao Ulla. Great details and magnificent lights for intrigant reflections. Nice clear compo.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-04 11:53]

Hi Ulla, She is a little beauty and your fine bright picture shows this. We can see the fine markings in the feathers with natural colours. I think she is sitting on the bottom. With catch light in the eye. well taken TFs.

You and Ivan have a good weekend.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-04 12:03]

Cute duck and very well represented Ulla.
The plumage and waterd\ details are very good.

Hi Ulla,
Nice shotof this cute duck..
Details, composition and your POV are great.
Kind regards,

Hello Ulla
Avec son air attendrissant, il est superbe, ce petit 'duck'.
merci pour si belle qualité d'image

hello Ulla
beautiful sharpness picture withgreat details and very nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-04 12:58]

Hi Ulla,
Lovely capture.I liked exposure,harmonious colors,details and pose of duck a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hi Ulla,
so beautiful - your duck.
The face is so cute and the light perfect.
Thanks, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-04 13:02]

Hi Ulla.One of rare sunny day...what a perfect moment to take a trip and take nice pics like that....and the light of sun was decisive for the beauty of this composition,super sharpness and colors as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-04 13:54]

Hello Ulla.
Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. Excellent lighting and nice to see wildlife from your country.Excellent composition, and POV.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-04 15:12]

Hello Ulla, beautiful shot of this lovely European Wigeon with excellent details and composition.
TFS and G's,


Hi Ulla,

Excellent and lovely capture of this chunky:) wigeon. I love the colors, the setting and the light wawings in the water. TFS and have a nice night and WE MF!


Hello Ulla,

An excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & composition. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very nicely taken & presented. TFS & regards.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-04 19:36]

Hi Ulla

The bottom of the river seen through the shallow and very clear water has created
a lovely BG for the "chubby" duck. This matched the colours of the bird and created
a nice aesthetical result. I like the direct eye contact and the little catchlight. These
are quite lovely ducks with their short, blue beaks and the "steep" shape of their heads.
The details are nice and sharp and the light coming from the rear was well controlled
to prevent dark shadow areas at the front of the subject.

Well done and TFS.

hello Ulla
very beautiful creature, your photograph impresses it very well, very fine natural colors and details in a beautiful pose and expression of this curious model!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Ulla
Great capture of this duck swimming in cristal clear water
A very nice light which is a plus for this time of the year in Sweden !
Kind regards and have a good W-E

Hello Ulla,
a fantastic picture of the European Wigeon, superb sharpness and lighting, splendid warm colours, a very pleasing composition with an intense eye contact.
Best regards

Hello Ulla,

Excellent capture.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

Hi Ulla,

The duck is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the European Wigeon. It is clear and precise. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors of the duck. Have a nice day.


A beautifully executed capture Ulla, and a fine browns-on-browns themed composition... Thanks indeed for sharing this superb image my friend.

Hello Ulla
this is a superb shot of a very beautiful duck with blue beak
fine details on his plumage and nice pose
the water is so clear and i like the light effect on it
Have a good night

Hello Ulla,

This is a cute little duck, enjoying what well may be one of the last sunny days this year hehehe!
Simple and fine composition, showing the bird from a good angle...
Excellent details in the plumage and the fine light renders lovely colours!

Pablo -

Hi Ulla,

this is amzing snap with great clarity and focus. Very nice eye contact. Nicely captured the natural colours of the bird and great use of sunlight. Well done!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-12-18 14:49]

Hi Ulla,
She seems comfortable with your presence. Matching color tones with the bird's plumage and your POV are very nice. TFS
Have a great weekend,

Hello Ulla
what a lovely capture of very beautiful European Wigeon. eyes contact and focus wonderful as like exposure and light using. greatly composed and noted. coloration also superb. thanks for sharing this beauty. best regards and have a good night

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