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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, (digital)
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-01 6:12
Viewed: 5601
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(Anas platyrhynchos),
is a common and widespread dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. It also frequents Central America and the Caribbean. It is probably the best-known of all ducks.

This dabbling duck is 56-65 cm length, with an 81–98 cm wingspan, and weighs 750–1000 g. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks. They are exceptionally fast flyers for their size, reaching speeds of 40mph. Due to their streamlining however, it hardly ruffles a feather.

The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a blue speculum edged with white, obvious in flight or at rest. Males also possess a yellow bill with a black tip, whereas females have a dark brown bill.

The females are light brown, with plumage much like most female dabbling ducks. They can be distinguished from other ducks, by the distinctive speculum. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.

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superbe prise de vue!! belle lumiére ainsi que lacomposition!! La pose de cette oiseau en vol est de toute beauté. Mes félicitations.
Merci et au revoir....JP

Hi Andrea,
Excellent capture of the flying Mallard. The colors, light and sharpness are perfect. I love the little waterdroplets just behind him. Perfect DOF.

Wowwwww Andrea !!
Quelle manifique photo où ce superbe canard traverse d'une majestuausité de vol les couleurs chaudes de ce bel arrière-plan.
Les détails y sont excellents, tout comme la PDC !
It's perfect ! Congratulations & Merci du partage.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-01 6:38]

Hi Andrea,
Just great! Not just you stop the movement but show enough GB to see enviroment without disturb the duck. Color, compo., water drop,...
Very good shot.
José M.

Hello Andrea,
PERFECT!!! Hey I like it's red foot, colours are incredible. I like the drops too. Great contribution. Thank you,

Very well captured image of a mallard in flight, Andrea.

excellent inflight-shot, andrea! :-)
were you next to him with a motorboat? *g*
superb composition and details,
perfect brown and green bg.
very well seen & captured, thor.

Hi Andrea,
Wonderful picture of flying mallard. Everything is right on spot. Very appealing photo. Congratulations.

Hi Andrea!
Incredible shot. All perfect. Congratulations. Best regards. Orlando.

Excellent Job, Perfct colors, BG, DOV, perfect, Excellent details, everthing is really crisp, Great Job, TFS Kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-01 8:32]

Hello Andrea!
Magnificent in flight capture.I liked colors,solid body,catchlight in eyes,BG and composition a lot.

Che bello questo "masorin" sei stao a Marano oggi?
Beato te. La foto è grande, per colore, posa e dettaglio, mi fanno impazzire le goccioline d'acqua.

Hi Andrea,
Excellent flying shot. BG, framing, light, POV and nice colors are wonderful. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

Hi Andrea,
Lovely shot with nice color and good sharpness. Stands out well from this very appealing BG also..
Great POV, and the water spray behind the duck adds to the shot..
Well done and TFS!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-01 9:11]

Hi Andrea,
Beautiful shot, excelent timing to capture this. Composition is great but detail, colours and DOF are just perfect. Excellent work!

Hello Andrea,
Beautiful capture of this Mallard in flight. The streamlining of the duck and DoF is perfect.
Very nice.............

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-01 10:56]

Wonderful capture of this mallard in flight, Andrea.
The details are crisp, and the colors are wonderful.
Congratulations on a difficult shot excellently done.
TFS. : )

It's beautiful! It's a breathtaking photograph... good colours, composition, details...
Thanks Ana:)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-01 11:06]

Very good in-flight shot Andrea, the sharpness is perfect, the warm tones are just beautiful. Well done !


Bellissimo scatto. L'immagine ha una nitidezza e una saturazione super.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-05-01 13:31]

excelent !!!!
very good details and colors
great shrapnes
TFS Libor

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-05-01 16:54]

Hi Andrea,
Grande grande scatto. Magnifica foto con eccellente dettaglio con quelle goccioline sparsi nell'aria....bello davvero
TFS Bravissimo,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-01 18:15]

Hi Andrea, excellent flight shot. Exposure, colours and detail are excellent. TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-01 19:26]


Félicitations pour les superbe couleurs,le superbe éclairage et la netteté.

Merci pour l'envoie tout est parfait.


This is an excellent flying-shot, Andrea.
Super composition with excellent colors and details.
Good POV and BG.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-05-01 23:36]

Hi Andrea,
Excellent in-flight shot! Very nice colours and good details, great background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Andrea,

Excellent shot.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Just catching up with my critiques, sorry for the delay :)

If this was mine, I'd be very proud of it. Everything's perfectly in focus and nice and sharp. Very difficult to get right.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-02 17:19]

Hi Andrea
Great action shot. Good colours, details, sharpnes, BG and POV.
Well done


hi andrea.
a duck in flight, that remains a reve for me to reussir a superb photograph like that-ci.bravo for the colors and clearness. Laurent

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-06 3:30]

Hello Andrea, superbe capture de Mallard volant, j'aime bien les petites gouttes d'eau qui s'echappent de son arriere train ainsi que les teintes du BG!! Une petite remarque: le cadrage est trop centré, decaler un peu l'animal vers la gauche lui laissera plus d'espace pour s'enfuir!! Mes félicitations, Didier.

Very nice action shot Cool with the water droplets

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  • nitin Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 32] (247)
  • [2006-05-16 5:22]

Hi Andrea,
Great BIF shot. Very sharp and good details.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-25 6:56]

What a beautiful inlfight shot.I liked the eye level contact of POV.vERY WELL TAKEN TFS!!

due foto in prima pagina mondiale. Sei grande!!! e la foto anche!!!
ciao mario

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-14 20:40]

yes I agree this shot is very sweet. Nice exposure, colors just pop.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-06-20 12:19]


Wonderful, i sure have miss that shot a lot, very well done.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-23 15:07]

Hello Andrea,

What a superb picture of a mallard in flight with a great sun by your side! Colors and action are greatly captured! Pov and composition cannot be better and the wondeful blurry bg enhanced so well the bird! Great and not easy picture and TFS,


bonjour Andrea,
perfect action shot, the POV and the colors are perfect, amazing light condition, very interesting note, great work,
bravo Martin

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-03 15:31]

Hi Andrea,

I must have overlooked this one - it's superb!


What a fantastic shot of this beautiful bird.
You have captured him so clearly.



I`m speechless...

Hi Andrea
Wow! What a superb photo Excellent POV and stunning detail (water droplets).

Thanks for sharing


Wonderful in flight capture, Andrea. I wasn't thinking about water droplets first but I think they are.
Wonderful picture, Andrea
Molto grazie

Beautiful lines in this flying mallard. The colors are also very vibrant. Great stop action. Well done.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2006-08-30 9:47]

exceptionnel cliché en plein vol. La ligne du canard est splendide, les gouttes d'eau ajoute le petit plus.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-09-01 13:07]

Hi Andrea!
Magnificent photo, really great to catch the details when the duck is flying, very difficult job, you did great!

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-01 13:14]

Hi Andrea,
What a great flying shot! Marvellous scene.
Excellent colours and good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!

Ciao Andrea,
questo germano reale ha gia' cento punti e...
li merita tutti.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-09 18:06]

Hey Andrea,
excellent motion capture of this Mallard in flight :)
good strong composition and contrast with an excellent OOF B/G :D
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-10 10:40]

Espectacular imagen en vuelo Andrea, con adecuado control de la luz y un colorido magnífico.
Existe un leve ruido de fondo, que es posible reducirlo con Neat Image, pero la calidad de la presentación es realmente muy buena.
TFS y saludos... Ricardo

Spectacular image in flight Andrea, with appropriate control of the light and a magnificent coloring.
A slight bottom noise exists that is possible to reduce it with Neat Image, but the quality of the presentation is really very good.
TFS and greetings... Ricardo

... later :)

Sensass!! Superbe prise

Quite a spectacular photograph!

Very well capured!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-10-30 19:20]

Wow! Such rich colors. The is the best in-flight photo I have seen. The sharpness of the duck is superior.

Hi Andrea,

What a wonderful picture! Very accurate focus on the duck. It was a great ideea to use a very short shutter speed. I like the freeze action effect you achieved this way! It is so well done that you've captured even the trailing watter droplets behind the bird. The relatively wide aperture you used on this shot enabled you to create such a great DOF, isolating the subject from the BG. I am just curious how you managed to keep the bird in focus. Did you use AI servo or another focusing technique? I would also like to know whether you moved the camera to track the duck or you just held it still until the bird was in frame (using manual focus)? Whatever your technique, you've done a brilliant job with this picture. Congratulations!


Great shot with superb colors both on the subject and the background. Fine details (like the droplets of water) make this picture a winner.
Amazing job!

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-04-27 18:20]

Very nicely done. Great color and detail. I'm impressed.

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Hi Andrea

What can I say that hasnt been said!!
A truly awesome image!!

Best Regards

Wonderful picture of flying mallard. Everything is right on spot. Very appealing photo.

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