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Aix sponsa

Aix sponsa
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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: 2006-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-10 3:40
Viewed: 3636
Points: 44
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Carolina Wood Duck

The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa is a medium-sized perching duck. An typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.

The adult male has distinctive multi-coloured iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Their personality is however somewhat shy and skittish.

The male's call is a rising whistle; the female gives a whistled whoo-eek if startled.

The population of the Wood Duck was in serious decline at the beginning of the 20th century as a result of over-hunting and loss of suitable nesting sites. Changes in game laws and the construction of nesting boxes in suitable habitat resulted in this species' return to sustainable numbers.

The above obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Duck


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:11 p.m.
Date: 7th October 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 235mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-10 3:44]

Hello Pam,
Wonderful portrait.POV,vivid colors,clear details,eye contact and composition are excellent.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-10 4:06]

Hi Pam

Another splendid shot from you!
The colors and details on this one are my favorite elemts.
I also loke the pose of the bird and its feathers remind me of some sort of a "maffia" hair-cut...you know those wet looks and all the hair was combed to the back...Andy Garcia i think usually has those :))
Well anyway, the shot deserves all the apreciation, so two big points from me :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pam,
Cute portrait of a duck!
It looks like this little fellow's all dressed up and ready for a night out; with hair slicked back and all :)

Solid composition and colours. The duck is nicely isolated from the OOF BG. Great sharpness and detail. Well done!

Hi Pam,

What a lovely portrait! I like the sharpness here, and the blown out background. The colors are also impressive. Very well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-10 6:04]

Hi Pam,
What a beautiful portrait of this Carolina Wood Duck. Size, colours, everything is great.
Best regards

Superb shot of this colourful specimen Pam.
I see the similarity to the Mandarin Duck.
Your photography has come such a long way since you started on TN ... reflected in your points.
Excellent work.

Hi Pam,
Great portrait shot on this Wood Duck. You have really brouht out the amazing colors and detail in these species. Excellent in every way.

Hi Pam, fantastic shot. You have managed to capture the details of the feathers perfectly. Great composition and DOF. The frame is a very nice touch.
Well done,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-10 7:34]

Bonjour Pam, excellent capture of this head of beautiful Wood Duck. Great saturated colors and a lot of details on the feathers, best regards, Didier.

nice portrait. well composed. so colourful with good details. excellent sharpness. blurred bg adds to the look.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-10-10 11:30]


Very nice .. the subject and your photograph.


Hi Pam,
I like it.
It is a good portrait of the Wood Duck. The colours in the head part are excellent. Never saw this duck over here.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-10-10 13:44]

Hi Pam,

Very, very colorful bird. Nice colors and very sharp eye. Well done.


What a beauty, Pam!
You excel yourself in each new picture.
Thanks for sharing this great image.

I find these one of the hardest to capture with all thier different colours.I see you have excelled in it. Very crisp and brilliant detail.They sit in trees here at a lake I go to, and it is always a challenge to capture them just right.
Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-10 17:48]

Hi Pam.

Superb portrait, the POV and composition are excellent with a lovely pose and a nice expression, the details are so sharp especially the little speckles on its breast, the colours are just beautiful with a great BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-11 8:07]

Hi Pam
Very colourful portrait shot. Good sharpnes, details, light, colours and POV.
Well done my friend


Bonjour Pam
C'est une excellent Prise en portrait avec ce magnifique canard! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs, les détails sont très jolis. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci ....JP

Hi Pam,
Well done mf. Crisp, clear and sharp. Lovely color and well exposed :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-12 13:03]

Hello Pam.
this is such a beautiful portrait with such fine details and sharp to the last feather. Excellent POV great colors and very nice set off a blurry BG.

A wonderful portrait!
Great POV, colors, details and compo!

Hi Pam,

Exellent shot
Superb sharp portrait with great details and
vivid colors.
well composed and nicely framed.

TFS Thijs

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