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European Wigeon

European Wigeon
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-01 22:41
Viewed: 3364
Points: 46
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European Wigeon , Anas penelope

Swedish name: Bläsand, meaning the duck with the blaze, referring to the pale yellow forehead and top of the head.

This is a male, among hundreds of Mallard that were being fed by passers-by close to an ice-free inlet in the town of Kalmar.

It is wild and not a park bird.

The wigeon is fairly common in Europe where it breeds by the lakes of the far North. It spends the winter around the coasts of W. Europe.

I took this to test my compact tele-zoom camera and this was taken in the 50x mode at a distance of about 15 meters. The quality is not as good as my DSLR camera but this one is acceptable after some PP work.

This has not been cropped. After size reduction for TN, it has been sharpened, the lighting adjusted and the blue tone in the snow reduced.

If I can use this camera for bird shots, I don’t have to carry the much heavier DSLR and telephoto.

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wonderful species, your capture is fine with great color performance!
regards Ivan

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely duck in the snow, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-02 0:02]

You are my neighbor, today.
Beautiful European Wigeon foraging in the ice here, good details and colors..Dslr has got its own advantages over compacts. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-02 1:16]

Hi Ivan,there is a lot of snow in your country as i can see,here the springtime is coming and it's duifferent.A beautiful capture of this anas,perfect exposure on this difficult white background,great plumage details too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

羽毛鮮豔漂亮 是一種高級顏色的搭配
紋路也很漂亮 這張太美裡了愛
還有的姿勢漂亮 是經典作品

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-02 2:40]

Hello Ivan,
There are thousands and thousands of these ducks in my environment, specially in the winter. But I know how difficult it is to become a good photo of this duck. They are very shy. You succeeded very well.

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-03-02 4:43]

Bonjour Ivan,
This duck I never have seen it,it's a very beautiful species with this very artistic plumage. Fine picture taken under harsh light, looks very natural to me.
Bonne fin de semaine

Ivan, even I tried that with my Canon compact the other day to shoot a White-throated Kingfisher. Somehow, the shot came out alright. You have obtained a super shot with yours at 50x. I have known you for your steady hands and this shot proves it again.
The Mallard looks cute in this picture. Seen one pottering around on ice instead of water for a change, and I like it!
Warm regards.

Hello Ivan.
You have captured this shot well with a smaller camera and managed excellent details after some cropping. Love the rendered natural tone and not an easy shot against the white snow. Well done and have a great weekend.

Hello Mr.Ivan,
What a beautiful picture of this European Wigeon.Nice natural colour and sharpness.It is collecting food and you have captured this type which is really perfect to me.I like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

Salam Ivan,
A fantastic capture with beautiful coloration, details & snowy setting. Great composition and presentation. Excellent work & TFS. Best salam & wishes!


hello Ivan
this is a Beauty of a picture
great sharpness good details and beautiful colours
very nice sunlight you have here
thanks greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-02 9:39]

Hej Ivan,
Cute duck looking for food on the snow ..
A very good capture of this European Wigeon. Beautiful light, excellent detail and exposure.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,

Hope you are feeling much better than before rather pray that you are fully cured.My sincerest prayers are with you.
Again a fine shot accompanied by an excellent note. It is a great merit to have fine photos with fine notes. The detail of you note sheds ample light on the quality of the photo and the species of bird captured. You have an enviable power of observation and are a great expert on this site, sharing such wonderful experiences with wonderful photos.
Thanks for both....take care....warm regards/Abid

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with good compozition and nice colours.The sharpness is impressive!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-02 16:54]

Hello Ivan,
There is quite a differance between the European Wigeon and the American Wigeon as far as markings and colors. This particular species is certainly attractive and captured very well by your camera.

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up photo of this duck, with fine POV,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness,
and details of its plumage, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Nice to see this wonderful duck....Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice saturated colors. Perfect exposure and WB. I like this superb duck witch I never meet in my region.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Ivan. Stunning details perfect sharp and bautiful colours agains the snow like BG. Well done.


Hello Ivan,
a great and wonderful capture with good natural ambiance.
nice clarity and colour.
best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
A Beautiful capture of this duck feeding in the snow. Great natural shot with crisp sharp detail and beautiful colors taken from a nice low POV. Nice placing in the frame. Good work my friend and thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-04 23:14]

Hello Ivan
the view is so lovely with minute details of the feathers. The simple view of snowy surrounding and the color contrast of the duck itself is attractive.
Lovely view.


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