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Thirsty Duck

Thirsty Duck
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus OM2N, Tokina ATX 35-200mm 1:3.5-5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-13 17:06
Viewed: 5333
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy was walking down the beach, at Bass Lake, stopping every now and again to have a drink. I followed him to capture this pose. You can see he is watching me out of his left eye so he is wary but still trusting.

He is a juvenile Mallard, so his feathers are still brown. You can just see the colour starting to appear under the wing. In fact this photo was taken late in the season (in August) and he wasn’t flying yet. A man from the area told me he didn’t expect this latest brood to make it. They wouldn’t have the strength to fly out for winter. I hope he was wrong.

NOTE: The determination of sex was based on input from an individual "expert" at the scene. This has been questioned on this site. Not being an expert myself I can only go with what I hear. In any further conversations about this duck I will refer to it as "it".

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To Shoot_Score: Thirsty Duck Pub and EateryJPlumb 3 03-14 14:48
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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-13 17:30]
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Hi john,
Very interesting shot, just need to see more duck.

Hello John,

I was chuckling the minute I saw the title of this shot!
It may not surprise you but in Halifax we have a watering hole called the Thirsty Duck Pub and Eatery...

The duck in your photo is guzzling as if it has its quacker into an Alexander Keith vat!

I'm not fussed by the missing tail, but find the water in the upper left unnaturally purplish.

Three cheers, chimo, Jay

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-08 21:35]

Hi John. I like the patch of bright blue feathers on his side, it looks remarkable. Informative notes. TFS. Murray.

Hello John,
Funny action captured, etating or drinking or whatever he/she is up to!
A pretty bird with good deatils, well compose dpresentation!
Pablo -

Hi John,

A nice image of the duck drinking water, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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