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Mallard at Sunset

Mallard at Sunset
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-16 21:45
Viewed: 3322
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know there are many magnificent mallards on TN, which is why I don't usually take or post mallard pictures. But today I walked past this beauty, and the colors just entranced me, and I had to add him to my "Sunset" series. : )

Anas platyrhynchos

The Mallard is undoubtedly the most abundant duck in the world. Nearly 10 million live in North America, and millions more are found in Eurasia. Since the Mallard is the ancestor of the common white domestic duck, still more can be added to the total. Mallards frequently interbreed with domestic stock, producing a bewildering variety of patterns and colors. They also hybridize with wild species such as the closely related American Black Duck and even occasionally with Northern Pintails. Strong fliers, Mallards sometimes reach remote oceanic islands where isolated populations have evolved into new species. Like the Mottled Duck, these isolated populations often differ from the Mallard mainly in that they lack the colorful plumage of the male. Mallard courtship starts in the fall, and by midwinter pairs have formed. Mated pairs migrate northward together, heading for the female's place of origin. The male stays with the female until incubation is well underway, then leaves to join a flock of other males to begin the annual molt.


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To alejandroguzman: Thank you : )manyee 1 11-18 02:22
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-17 2:02]

Wow ! What a nice and interesting shot that you have well done ! Colors and light are crisp. Sharpness is excellent. Congratulations Manyee enf thanks for sharing with us.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-17 3:01]

Smileys now, critique later :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-17 4:03]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful capture.I liked lighting,vivid colors,POV,blue water at BG,sharpness and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-17 6:10]

Hi Manyee,

Very nice picture. Well composed, excellent colors and good POV. Details on the duck are very sharp, although the bill looks a wee bit soft. Well done & TFS!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-17 8:28]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice capture with perfect POV, very good details and colours. Well done&TFS

Hello Manyee,

This is lovely, especially with the rich, blue BG. He looks as though he is pleased with the camera lady.
Well done and thank you.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-17 9:16]

Un beau canard avec de très jolie couleurs. La netteté est bonne et l'éclairage excellent.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-17 10:24]

what a great colours Manyee,
fantastic composition, great pov, good dof, well this is good stuff, very good job,
gr. jaap

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-17 12:32]

Great composition in a pretty light. Stunning colours well set off against the blue BG.
Regards Toni

Hi Manyee,
It's very colourful. Nice POV and good composition.
I like the light too.
Very well done.

tres beau col vert sur fond bleu.bravo

Hi Manyee,
Nicely composed and excellent colours. The sun reflecting off of his head looks good.
Good sharp detail and nice low POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Very colorful photo of this mallard. Great work!

If I can perhaps add some criticism, there may be just a little bit too much post-processing here. The colors are great, but I don't think the bird looks 'natural' enough. I hope you understand, and please let me know if you don't agree.

Hi Manyee,
The colors here are eye popping. The detail is sharp, and the pose is perfect. Excellent shot!

Great capture Manyee. Love the BG. Short on time today, Thank You.

Great color and excellent composition. This is a very nice shot. Well done & TFS!
Best regards, Radu

Waouhhh !! Magnifique photo de ce joli canard resplendissant de toutes ses couleurs !
Très belle composition ; Bravo !! Congratulations !

Hi Manyee:

WHAT A STUNNING PICTURE... amazing DOF and POV, magnificent colors, very well composed, and the contrast between the mallard with the water is awesome !!! .... and also ur note is very interesting, I din´t know this species is the acestor of the common duck :-)


PD. I will add u into my favorite list, ok ?

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-29 2:13]

Hi Manyee.
very nice duck, i like colors and contrast,great composition,excellent details, good work.

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