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The couple

The couple
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 8:42
Viewed: 2952
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday was a day with sunshine. Lovely weather to go out despite the slippery roads because of the snow.
This couple was swimming very quietly. Almost like a still life. Waiting for the Spring to come.

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, except the few breeds derived from the unrelated Muscovy Duck (Cairinia moschata).

The Mallard inhabits most wetlands, including parks, small ponds and rivers, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing; there are reports of it eating frogs. It usually nests on a river bank, but not always near water. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks, which are known as a sord.

Young male Mallards may not gain their full mating brilliance until their second year of life, when the mother will abandon them to survive on their own. After breeding season is over, the mature Mallards will shed their old feathers and grow an “eclipse” (basic) plumage. They will be unable to fly until their new feathers have grown in, remaining in their nesting territories for the first ten days of the incubation period, after which they abandon the females.

Source: Northwestwildlife.com

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Hello Peter,
Lovely couple indeed. Nice sharp details and excellent vivid colours.
A very good composition with great sharpness and clarity.

Hello Peter
what a nice capture of beautiful Mallard couple in sunny day. The male wears its best plumage after eclipse. coloration superb. focus, POV, reflection and composition also very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice week.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-31 9:24]

Hi Peter,
een uitstekende shot!
Mooie verwoording van het paar tarief.
Uitstekende details en kleuren, mijn felicitaties.
Een aangename zondag,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-31 9:33]

Hello Peter,
Great capture of this pair, the irridscent head of the drake sure draws your eye. Superb low point of view and composition on this great posting. Thank you Peter.

Hello Peter,

A fantastic shot with such striking colors, details & setting. Very well taken, composed & presented. Thanks Peter & have a great day!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-31 9:42]

Hi Peter. This is such a bright picture of the Mallards. You have made such good use of the light on this sunny winters day. It has given you sharp focusing and fine detail all with bright colours. Well taken TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-31 11:15]

Hello Peter,
Though the Mallard is so common, I have not yet achieved what you have in this shot: a fine capture of a male and female together in great lighting so that the iridescent colours show well!
The sharpness and composition with the calm water (not iced over!) also make this a fine image.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-31 11:35]

Hi Peter,they seem happy and in full relax..eheh...what a beautiful couple taken in a nice perspective,beautifuls colors,the metallic green of the head is fantastic! My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-31 11:43]

Hello Peter,
I love to see these ducks and water. And these are beautiful! Wonderful colors and details - beautiful setting - and so nice to see the couple together.
Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
Pracht plaatje met zijn tweetjes
super scherp en mooie details
goed licht en zeer mooi van kleur
groetjes lou

hello Peter

beautiful photo of this lovely couple of mallards,
with very fine POV & DOF, fine focus sharpness and details,
beautiful catch-lights on both ducks, beautiful natural colour tones,



Hello Peter,
a fantastic capture of this couple, superb lighting with marvellous colours, fine details on the plumage, excellent POV and composition.
Have a good week
Ciao maurizio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-31 15:15]

Hi Peter,

I'm afraid this beautiful Mallard couple has a long wait until spring! The water looks so peaceful and pretty that it's hard to believe there is snow and ice around. Colors of the male are magnificent and his lady is lovely. Perfect positions to give us excellent views of each duck.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-31 22:34]

Hi Peter

Great composition - nice use of the frame, plus nice details and colour.

Best wishes


Hallo Peter,

Prachtige foto van deze eenden met good laag standpunt.
Mooie kleuren.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-31 23:21]

Hi Peter,
Lovely couple.Well caught,framed and composed.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Peter, a great close-up shot of this mallard pair with wonderful details, colours and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-01 1:43]

Hello Peter,
A very peaceful sight, these two Mallards on the marvellous blue water.
The light was exceptional, and you have taken advantage of it. I would only like to see a tiny better sharpness on the head of the male Mallard.
I wish you a nice week.
Kind regards

Hi MF Peter,

Awesome capture of this perfect couple from excellent POV with great details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day and week!


Ciao Peter. Intrigant metallic reflections and good playing of warm laight. Nice compo. Well done.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-01 5:49]

Hi Peter,
lively colours with striking and shining feather on the head. i like the contrast that it gives. You composition is artistic as it render the water in a pattern formed by the ripples. The angle of light is well thought too.
The colours are smooth and fine.


Ciao Peter, lovely couple in a nice composition with fantastic reflections and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-01 10:54]

Hallo Peter.

Je hebt geluk gehad dat de zon scheen, heb ik hier al een poosje niet meer gezien.
Mooi paartje eenden op de foto gezet, goed scherp en met erg mooie kleuren.

Gr. Hans

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-01 12:42]

Hello Peter, this is lovely capture of this pair. They look happy with together:).
TFS & R's,

Hi Peter. Lovely photo of this beautiful couple.. Details, POV and composition are impressive.
Best regards

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