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Hottentot Teal

Hottentot Teal
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 6:35
Viewed: 3436
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My next species of duck, the Hottentot Teal, photographed in Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany last summer on one of the hottest days of the year.

The Hottentot Teal (Anas hottentota) is a species of dabbling duck of the genus Anas. 35 cm.

It is migratory resident in eastern and southern Africa, from Sudan and Ethiopia west to Niger and Nigeria and south to South Africa and Namibia. In west Africa, and Madagascar it is sedentary.
The Hottentot Teal breed year round, depending on rainfall, and stay in small groups or pairs. They build nests above water in tree stumps and use vegetation.
This species is omnivorous and prefers smaller shallow bodies of water.

Spends much of the day resting out of the water.
When swimming the flank feathers usually overlap the wing to a zigzag dividing line.

Normally silent.

The Hottentot Teal is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. The status of the Hottentot Teal is Least Concern.

Sources: Newman’s: ‘Birds of Southern Africa’ and ‘wikipedia’.

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Hello Peter, very beautiful duck, perfect light and details, and interesting the subject. Very complete notes. Regards, Paolo

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of this duck, superb sharpness with fine details on the plumage, splendid light and colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Peter
Another excellent portrait of an exotic bird. Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Peter - excellent shot with perfect lighting and great sharpness. TFS

Hello Peter,

Ahhh, this is a pretty little fellow!
Or maybe not so small after all, maybe I'm misled by the chubby body hehehe...
Excellent details in the plumage, a fine pose on the rock!

Pablo -

hallo Peter
Echt super mooi scherp met veel details en een leuke pose op 1 poot
aparte eend met mooie kleuren
super shot
groetjes lou

Very lovely close up shot of this beauty, Peter. Good evening! The bird looks suspended in the air, that's how effective the depth of field is here.Very good image in terms of detail , sharpness and composition. The colors are also quite beautifully balanced! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in nice pose in a splendid natural ambientation, wonderful bright colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
what a nice portrait of this duck. Amazing natural colours. Perfect sharpness. I think there were good light conditions.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Great composition with a lovely duck. Outstanding details and colors.
Very good sharpness, excellent POV and fantastic clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-01 9:33]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this Hottentot Teal, TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-01 9:58]

Hi Peter,not easy to comment a perfection like that.What a beautiful composition and what a impressive plums details,sharpness and colors! Very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-02-01 10:46]

Hello Peter,
Not only duck is beautiful but whole its environment. Nicely blurred BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-01 11:01]

Hello Peter,
Very nice picture. Well composed, excellent colors and good POV. Details on the duck are very sharp. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Peter,

jij gaat momenteel sneller als ik met de foto's.
Wat een leuke naam heeft deze eend, de Hottentot dodo... en natuurlijk Walsrode....
Goede scherpte en compositie.
Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.


Hello Peter,
Unusual bird for me and I live in South Africa, but then, I am not very knowledgeable about birds. Lovely image and useful note. Thank you.

Ciao Zoest.
Ottima cattura di questa sinpatica anatra,belli i colori molto bene la nitidezza e dettagli.Molto e bene complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

hello Peter

a great close-up photo of this duck with very fine
POV at its level also the good free space in front,
with excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Peter. Light and sharp are very good. Bright colours for the cute friend.


Hello Peter
what a beautiful species of duck with a blue beak, great pose on one foot,
this Hottentot Teal is well deailed and captured from a superb profil view,
i like the greenish feathers too
Have a good night

Hi Peter,
Peter this is wonderful. Great focus, detail and duck pose with nice colors. Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-01 21:36]

Hi Peter.
I am amazed with beautifulness scene at whole and charming bird particularly. Quality of the image is ultimate too. Fantastic reproduction of all features and details of the bird and its impressive stage. I like delicate blurriness of the nice surroundings, Composition, framing and POV are superb too. Bravo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-02 2:27]

Hello Peter,
such a cute little duck. The one legged style is so exciting that give an added value to your composition.
You have emphasised the detail so well and its blue beak is so special.


Oh nice! Lighting is perfect, detail even better. Nice pose, well done!

A fantastic capture, Peter. The effect is 3D!
Besides, the colour tones are absolutely natural and there is not even the slightest exaggeration.
Thanks for sharing this super shot.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2011-02-02 12:32]

Hello Peter,

Excellent picture of this very interesting duck. I really like the posture of the bird and its great presence. f6.3 was enough to blur enough the bg in order to have the bird well enhanced. The blue beak is very uncommon!!!

Great work and TFS,


Hello Peter,
It is a very nice photo captured with natural colours, very good sharpness and details. Well done!

hello Peter, very good photo approach in this close up, colors are really standing! TFS Nasos

Hi Peter,
Beautiful colours and composition with excellent detail. Well done.TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-03 12:41]

Hello Peter,
A great resting pose captured from very good POV with excellent sharpness and colours in a pleasing composition.
In this species I think both sexes are alike, so it is difficult to know whether this is male or female.
Nice to view!
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-02-04 7:06]

Hi Peter,
lovely composition; colors, sharpness and exposure are excellent.
Congratulations, regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-04 7:36]

Hello Peter,
A lovely capture of this pretty Duck taken from a nice low POV.
I like its pose and the sharp focus on the eye and beak. A great background and well framed too!
TFS and have a great weekend! Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-04 9:49]

Hola Peter.
One more beautiful photo to Your great gallery my friend.
I like the pose of this Duck and the sharpness to.
TFS Peter.

Hi piter,
Perfect timming,
nice color.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-02-07 15:06]

Fine profile you show us here, sharp, well exposed, pleasing saturation and very well composed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-08 2:48]

Hello Peter,
Very pleasant your bird picture! Love the square framing here and the pose of the cute Hottentot Teal. Lovely eye-contact with the bird too. Excellent!
Kind regards

simple and nice capture, greetings Ori

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