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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-05 10:37
Viewed: 2684
Points: 48
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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 56–65 cm long, has a wingspan of 81–98 cm, and weighs 0.9–1.2 kg. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a yellowish orange (can also contain some red) bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark brown bill in females). The female Mallard is light brown, like most female dabbling ducks. However, both the female and male Mallards have distinct purple speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest (though temporarily shedded during the annual summer molt).

Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. The clutch is 8–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledgling. The ducklings are precocial, and can swim and feed themselves on insects as soon as they hatch, although they stay near the female for protection.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-05 10:55]

Hello Marius.
A very pretty duck caught in an interesting pose. Very sharp details and beautiful colors. Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

Buna Marius,
O compozitie buna din toate punctele de vedere.Detalii si culori foarte buna.
Numai bine,Tibi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-05 11:18]

Hello Marius!
Poor little duck! I think it is not so happy with all this ici...
Wonderful shot, indeed with great colors and special moment.TFS
Nice week!

PS: tahnsk for visiting my gallery! Appreciated!

hello Marius
super sharpness and good light
the colours and details are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-05 11:59]

Ahahh!..Marius, the duck forgot its skates :))
Lovely composition, with splendid lighting and beautiful natural colours. Superb sharpness.
Well done: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda
P.S. Italy is covered with snow and ice. There is a dramatic situation in several localities.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-02-05 12:03]

Hi Marius
Cut away the lower third and you obtain a just perfect panorama compo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-05 12:28]

Hello Marius,
A photo in beautiful light and saturated warm colours. Good sharpness, DOF and an original composition. Nice eye-contact.

Hi Marius, Wow what a super clean and simple image here my good friend, excellent exposure/white balance with lovely low natural light hmmm just love it, good quality detailed sharpness, delightful setting, commendable picture here Marius Bravo! and very well done,
Best Regards,


Ciao Marius.
Stupendo Germano reale mai visto così bello eh.eh.eh,ottimi colori, superba la nitidezza,bene la gestione della luce,complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona settimana ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Marius. Fantastic brilliant and detailed taken for the pleasant friend while is walking! Beuatiful natural colours and stunning details MF.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-05 17:07]

Hello Marius,
such a lovely view of this mallard with its green shiny head. The reflection on the ice is also lively and attractive.
The composition is pleasant and the details are well put up.


Impressive photo Marius! The composition and the sharpness are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-02-05 22:56]

faina compozitia, lumina si culorile!

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely mallard walkng on ice, splendid light, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
Lovely capture, sharp and clear, nice colors, great compo and sharpness.
Best regards

Foarte faina imaginea! Patine ii mai trebuia! Interesant ca unele nuclee de rate au ramas totusi si pe balti inghetate...si pe zapada asta de acum...si eu am vazut cateva pe gheata, dar..nu aveam camera cu mine. Frumos surprins! Felicitari!

A lovely photo of the mallard in motion.
He seems to keep an eye on you.
Excellent setting, detail and colours.
regards yiannis

Buna Marius,
Culorile si detaliile sunt superbe in aceasta frumoasa compozitie de iarna. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Hi Marius,
nice walk. Nice walking bird :)
Very good point of view. Cold atmosphere.
Have a nice evening,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-07 8:02]

Hello Marius,
In fine lighting this is an excellent capture of a male Mallard on ice. The sharpness could not be better and the Mallard contrasts well against the icy BG with gorgeous colours in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Marius,
a very beautiful picture of the Mallard Duck male, fantastic lighting and warm colours, excellent low point of view
Best regards

Hello Marius,
This is an interesting image with the mallard walking on ice. Sheer smooth path looking like a sheet of glass. Fine details and nicely framed shot.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-08 14:13]

Hello Marius,
another splendid image with excellent sharpness and light; perfect POV and composition; wonderful colours and nice contrast with background. A beauty!

Ciao Marius,
A very nice capture of this Mallard.The colours and details are beautiful.Excellent eye contact.The POV is excellent.Nicely done.

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