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My 600th

My 600th
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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: 2007-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 2:42
Viewed: 3871
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Okay, so this is my 600th post!
That's a lot of pictures, come to think of it!
It is not one of my best, but I chose it because it reminds me of how much FUN I have had in my (almost) two years on TN. : )
This past weekend my husband and I drove about 3 hours south to Central California to look for interesting things to photograph. At the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, we were at this lookout when I saw this "strange" duck. It always gives me a thrill when I see a species that is new to me, especially when I am in a position to photograph it. Just as I was frantically trying to take a picture of him, his mate swam up to his side. Bingo! I looked up and saw some green-winged teals nearby. I have seen them before, but have never been close enough to photograph them. Double thrill! As I was trying to compose a shot, a cinnamon teal flew into the frame of my camera. Another species I have seen before, but have never had a chance to photograph. I was so excited I almost fell into the water!
None of the pictures turned out great, but I had so much fun! I was really excited to add three new species to the biodiversity of my portfolio in the space of a few minutes. : )
Thank you all for looking!

When I got home, I looked it up in my bird books, and this "strange" duck turns out to be a...

Blue-winged Teal
Anas discors

Sarcelle à ailes bleues (French)
Cerceta ala azul (Spanish)

A small duck of shallow ponds, the Blue-winged Teal breeds across much of the central and northern United States and Canada. Rather dull in plumage overall, it reveals its powder-blue wing patch in flight.

Small duck.
Brown or gray overall.
Large light blue patches on front of wing, visible in flight.
Male with white crescent on face.
Size: 36-41 cm (14-16 in)
Wingspan: 56-62 cm (22-24 in)
Weight: 230-545 g (8.12-19.24 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male with large white crescent on front of face and white patch on rear flank; female dull gray-brown.

Male's call is a loud, high whistle or a nasal bleat.
Female gives loud, evenly spaced quacks.

Conservation Status:
After the Mallard, the Blue-winged Teal is the second-most abundant duck in North America. Populations subject to decline in years of drought on prairies.

Cool Facts:

The Blue-winged Teal is among the latest ducks to migrate northward in spring, and one of the first to migrate southward in fall.
The Blue-winged Teal migrates over long distances. One individual banded in Alberta was shot in Venezuela a month later.


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Beau duo pour cette 600ème.
Bonne journée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-20 3:42]

Hello Manyee,
Congratulations on your 600th!
Though this shot shows a little chromatic aberration, perhaps due the cropping, it is a fine capture of a pair of Blue-winged Teals, birds that I have never seen in real life. Lovely lighting and comp.
Look forward to lots more from you!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-20 3:58]

Hello Manyee,
Congratulations on 600th post:)It's wonderful pair and well caught.I liked POV,clear deys,colors,details,framing and composition a lot.Have a great day!

hi manyee!
congrat to the 600th and to
this fine picture
two sharp and fine birds
in nice lightning
well done!

hi manyee,
please accept my congratulations & best wishes for your 600th post,that speaksa lot about your contribution to tn community,
this shot is a nice one with fine composition,
tfs & regards

600, Manyee...a lot of images. Congrats.
Good interesting shot you posted here.
Up to another 600:-)

Well done Manyee, what an achievement 600 shots, way too much time on the net :)

No its not one your best, but a species I haven't seen before. And besides that, your right, we're here for the fun as well as producing the odd fantastic shot.

Congrats again, look forward to the next 600.

Hi Manyee,
congrats - you can be soooo proud - 600 wonderful posts, very successful.
These ducks are beautiful, special he is very nice, thanks and show us 600 more!!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-20 7:39]

Hello Manyee,
First thank you for all your talent that your first 600 posting shows so well. This capture of a pair of teal is no exception with is color and clarity it is another fine capture.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-20 8:08]

Hi Manyee.
600 !!! This is something! Great number, great event! Bravo for your amazing collection and fruitful participation on TN life! In waiting next such long and nice series.

Amazing present to yourself and us. Richness and clearness of colours, exactness of details, expressiveness of lighting impress the imagination. Nice scene, excellent composition, perfect note. My congratulations and best wishes.

Hello Manyee,
Conratulations on your 600th! And I hope that you send 6000th. This one is very nice like the others. Bravo and thanks for sharing these beauties.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-20 8:23]

Hello Manyee,
Congratulations with your 600th.
A very nice couple of ducks. Have a nice day. Up to 7...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-20 11:15]

Hello Manyee,
Conratulations! What a lovely shot to celebrate your 600th! Very fine capture of these beautiful pair of ducks. Excellent sharp details and nice colours. I like the the light and the composition is excellent.
TFS and regards, ULla

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-20 20:52]

Très jolie capture.

Great shot of this pair ManYee.
Perhaps not one of your best, but still very good detail and colors. I like the two side-by-side, showing the sex differences in this species.
Well done & Congrats on 600 posts!

That's a great capture of the pair of Blue-winged Teal. I'm surprised that they are second only to mallards in number. I've seen the Green-winged here in Oregon but not the blue. 600 is a lot of photos! Congratulations and thanks for sharing them all with us. All of your posts and thorough notes embody the spirit of TN and set a consistent high standard for the rest of us

Evelynn : )

Hi Manyee,
congrats on your 600th post.
It's a beautiful pair of ducks I never seen in real life.
Nice colours and good details.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Manyee,
First, congratulations on your 600th post. Not only is it alot of photos, but your notes are always some of the best around. You have shown us alot of great shots and educated us along with those photos.
A nice shot on this pair of Blue-winged Teals. and as always, a great informative note with it.

Hello Maynee,
This is a very impressive number of pictures, congratulations! Thanks also for this great contribution and showing us so many different species always accompanied by interesting notes. This is a beautiful capture of those ducks I didn't know about. I remember having heard this name but I think that I never saw one. Details, composition and exposure are very good as usual. Well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-21 7:47]

Felicitaciones Manyee por tus 600 primeras presentaciones... no es fácil alcanzar esa cifra y tú lo has logrado gracias a tu talento y pasión.
Un agradable captura con bellos colores y contrastes, con acertada combinación entre el punto de vista captado y el encuadre que elegiste para su publicación.
Me gusta el efecto del agua alrededor de los animales, aunque creo que el punto débil de la escena es el foco algo soft, tal vez a causa de los colores de los mismos.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

Congratulations Manyee for your first 600 presentations... it is not easy to reach that number and you have achieved it due to your talent and passion.
A pleasant capture with beautiful colors and contrasts, with right combination among the captured point of view and framing that you chose for their publication.
I like the effect of the water around the animals, although I believe that the weak point of the scene is the focus something soft, perhaps because of the colors of the same ones.
My best wishes... Ricardo

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-21 10:18]

Congratulations. A lovely shot in all aspects. James

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-22 0:30]
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"Okay, so this is my 600th post!
That's a lot of pictures, come to think of it!"

Shucks…suddenly I feel like a very tired man.
That's a lot of pictures, come to think of it…and it meant a LOT OF HARD WORK to accomplish this. After all, for each photo posted to TN there were numerous others taken in the process and each posting had to be prepared (optimised) and notes had to be written. So, this reflects an enormous amount of time and effort invested in TN. Add to this all the additional time spent to write 8695 critiques, process 127 workshop, hundreds (if not thousands) of replies to critiques, forum contributions, other involvements on the site, and even the hustle-&-bustle of spill-over activities.

That really says a lot about your vigour and energy. At this stage you have the 3rd most photos on TN. An incredible record if one considers the fact that you joined TN long after those that are ahead of you. Red Greg is standing at 636 and Pam is at an unbelievable 780.

Great stuff MF and a big C O N G R A T U L A T I O N & THANK YOU.

I don’t even think I need to comment on the technical merits of this photo (not because there might be anything wrong with it), but the main thing is that you posted it for the enjoyment and excitement you experienced in taking it. After so many postings and so much effort that went into your hobby and TN and you are still getting all worked up because you saw a new species and wanted to share the thrill of the moment with us speaks volumes of your sustained enthusiasm. Remarkable and praise worthy indeed.

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful encounters with us.
Warmest regards.

Hi Manyee

Congratulations on your 600th post!! I am sorry this is a little late but I have been away on holiday where there was no telephone or internet connection - paradise!! Two cute little birds to celebrate this milestone.... nice choice! :-)

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