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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-12 0:16
Viewed: 3096
Points: 31
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Smew - Mergellus albellus

This is a small duck and the only member of the genus Mergellus. The drake has a 'cracked ice' appearance, is unmistakable, and looks very black-and-white in flight. The females and immature males are grey birds with chestnut foreheads and crowns, and can be confused at a distance with the Ruddy Duck; they are often known as "redhead" Smew. It has oval white wing-patches in flight. The Smew's bill has a hooked tip and serrated edges, which help it catch fish when it dives for them.

The Smew breeds in the Tundra regions on fish-rich lakes and slow rivers by which it nests in tree holes, such as old woodpecker nests. In winter it is sometimes seen locally along the Baltic coast. It is a shy bird and flushes easily when disturbed.

On a trip south Ivan (argus) and I were lucky to see a pair that stayed briefly in the fishing harbour of Simrishamn. There were still thin sheets of ice on the water but in the open areas lots of birds had gathered. This was captured,with a handheld compact camera,from a distance of about 20 metres. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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Lovely capture of a small duck rare species for the pages of TN! Good day Ulla! Greetings from South Africa!
George Veltchev

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2011-03-12 0:48]

Merhaba Ulla!
Bu güzel ördeği harika görüntülemişsin dostum. Sudaki yansımalar ve kuşun detayları keyifle izlenmekte.


Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful and interesting capture of the Smew, very good sharpness, splendid well saturated colours, a very nice composition with very beautiful reflections.
Have a good weekend

Ciao Ulla. Amazing capture with intrignat reflecions and good sharp.


Hi Ulla,
I have never seen this duck before, but I have never been in the tundra region either. You were very luck to have captured this duck especially on a trip south. Do you know how far south these go during the winter? I just might need to pay more attention to the ponds and lakes in my area to see what birds stay here in the winter.

Ciao Ulla, lovely duck in a beautiful composition with fantastic reflections, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2011-03-12 6:57]
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Beautifull bird! Did you crop it a lot.. There's some softness over the shot.


hello Ulla
very nice picture with great details and super good white colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-12 8:31]

Hello Ulla,
Not your sharpest photo, but in splendid contrasting colours. The white reflections in the water are very beautiful too. Good DOF and composition.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-12 10:09]

Hej Ulla,
Very cute!
Very good details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Ulla,
very nice photo of this bird,
amazing natural colours.
I like your composition.
Have a nice weekend,

hello Ulla,
a very interesting bird, you make a nice shot, with fine colors performance and nice details, I like this b/w inside the blue!
regards Nasos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-12 16:01]

Hi Ulla,the perfect composition whit excellent white balance,sharpness and beautiful relfections,you work very well in this not easy distance.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Ulla

An excellent photo of this species of small duck,
with a very fine low POV, excellent focus
sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light, TFS


Hello Ulla
congratulations for the beautiful picture, excellent sharpness, POV and BG.
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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