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Diving Duck

Diving Duck
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 62mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-23 15:36
Viewed: 4658
Points: 28
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New Zealand Scaup (papango)

New Zealand scaup (papango, Aythya novaeseelandiae) are a small blackish diving duck endemic to New Zealand. They are usually found on deep lakes. They are rarely found on coastal lakes or rivers.

Formerly quite widespread, their range and numbers have declined due to habitat modification, shooting and predation. They have not been recorded on offshore islands.

Scaup dive to at least 3m to forage on aquatic plants and invertebrates.

Scaup tend to be found in flocks during winter. In September they become territorial and by late October 7 to 8 eggs are laid in a nest that is usually located under dense cover near water. The female incubates the eggs alone and when the ducklings are about 1 day old she takes them to the water where they are immediately able to dive for food.

The above obtained from http://www.sanctuary.org.nz/restoration/wetlands/scaup/scaup.html


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:20 a.m.
Date: 20th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm XR
Filter: Hoya 62mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/90
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-23 16:48]

What an eye colour, this is almost hypnotic. Viewer's eye is drawn to it. Maybe a bit too much almost, as the eye is not invited to roam the rest of the picture. In any case huge impact!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-23 17:06]

What a great portrait of this scaup. The details are so sharp and the colors are beautiful. Very nice profile. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Pam,
she's so lovely, I like this wonderful yellow eye, wow, excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excellent work Pam, No time for comment but well deserved :-)

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-12-23 20:11]

Hi Pam,
This is awesome and very cute shot.
I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:)

Hi Pam,
This is an excellent portrait on the Scaup. The composition and framing look great. The eye on this guy is amazing. Very good colors, detail, and a perfect OOF backround that contrasts the Scaup perfectly. Well done, and Merry Christmas!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-23 21:20]

You caught him well Pam, his eyes and beak are just so different from other ducks. Excellent portrait, thank you.
Have a wonderful Christmas time,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-24 2:55]

Hello Pam!
Excellent portrait.Blurred BG,POV,colors,3D effect,clear eyes and details,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Super picture with excellent sharpness and colour. Have a good Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. Keep on snapping.

Have a wonderful Christmas.
And thanks for your beautiful posts.
And for your comments and feedback on my work.

Regards, Petru

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-24 7:00]

Une belle prise, les couleurs sont jolie et l'éclairage parfait.

Félicitations et joyeuse fêtes à toi et tes proches.

Nice shot Pam,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Nice detail in this wonderful close-up of a scaup, great exposure as well. Merry Christmas Pam. :)

Hi Pam,
I like the way you portraited this Scaupe.
Beautiful natural colours and sharp as a knife. The background is like it used to be by this kind of photography. Well done!
Thx and regaards, Ruud

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