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::Shake it Lady::

::Shake it Lady::
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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-04-06 7:10
Viewed: 4102
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anas platyrhynchos - Mallard

~Another one from the Grooming session (see link below).

The widespread Mallard has given rise to a number of populations around the world that have changed enough that they could be considered separate species. The "Mexican Duck" of central Mexico and the extreme south western United States and the Hawaiian Duck are both closely related to the Mallard, and in both forms the male is dull like the female. The Mexican Duck is currently considered a subspecies of the Mallard, while the Hawaiian Duck is still given full species status.

Other Names:
Canard colvert (French)
Pato de collar (Spanish) - I have just checked this and it actually translates as Duck of necklace ... not an exact translation but interesting all the same.

Mallards are omnivores. They eat various seeds including corn, wheat, barley, bulrushes, wild rice, primrose, willow, seeds of water elm, oak, hackberry, trees of swamps or river bottoms. They will also eat molluscs, insects, small fish, tadpoles, freshwater snails, fish eggs, and frogs. They usually feed at the surface of the water and are known as "dabbling ducks". They don't dive all the way under the water, but just tip their heads under to feed.

Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings – not very pc ...

To breed, the male attracts the female mate by ruffling his bright feathers. But the pair usually doesn’t stay together for long. The male mallard, or drake, leaves the female when she begins incubation and forms a group with other males. Nine to thirteen eggs are laid at daily intervals. Incubation begins when the clutch is complete and lasts for 27 to 28 days. The ducklings all hatch within 24 hours, mostly during the day. Once they are hatched they are led to water. Mallards mature quickly and may breed under 12 months of age. Although mallard ducks have been known to live as long as sixteen years of age, most of them only live for one or two years.

During the summer, mallards spend much time asleep on water banks. The mallard has only three defences - swimming, flying, and camouflage, and it is prey to large mammals. Mallards have no defence against humans who are their biggest enemy. Many are killed by oil spills and pesticides.

This Mallard was taken at the same time as
this one

I couldn’t decide which image to post so I’ve added the other as a WS.

Thanks for taking the time to look

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Excelent composition and well done on this capture. Excelent details.


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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-06 11:36]
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Yoga duck is what I say :) Excellent sharpness and detail in this image.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-06 14:43]
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Very nice capture Julia. DoF attracts attention. Very good colors and detail too.
Well done.

Hi Julia.
That pose looks like she is just about to set off skating.
Good detail and colours.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-06 18:01]
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1-2-3, stretch and relax. Nice capture Julia. Good composition and details. The BG is a little bright. Maybe you can think about where the light is coming from and you can choose a view that will minimise the reflection from the water. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-06 22:44]
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Julia, this is a cute shot. You captured a nice pose. Great job.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-07 4:18]
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Very nice and funny pose. Great details, good POV & DOF; this is a very nice picture. Informative note aswell. TFS Julia!

Hi Julia, I like your title, makes it fun! Great details in the plumage and an out-of-the-ordinary shot/POV that's great..Very comprehensive note - Well done!

Nice shot, good POV and pose. Good sharpness.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-07 19:48]
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Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Julia for this picture and for the WS on mine too!

Very good title, Julia! Action well caught, with an efficient close framing. Very good natural colors. Focus is clearly on the duck's back, putting the head slightly OOF. Water BG is perfectly soft.

well timed
great capture
lovely image
sharp clear well framed
great picture
Dave R

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