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ruddy shelduck

ruddy shelduck
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-15 12:55
Viewed: 4827
Points: 53
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Hello all
today, another bird captured at the lakes of Sainte-croix,

Ruddy Shelduck

The Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea, is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. In India it is known as the Brahminy Duck.


There are very small resident populations of this species in north west Africa and Ethiopia, but the main breeding area of this species is from south east Europe across central Asia to southeast China. These birds are mostly migratory, wintering in southern Asia.

Although becoming quite rare in southeast Europe and southern Spain, the Ruddy Shelduck is still common across much of its Asian range. It may be this population which gives rise to vagrants as far west as Iceland, Great Britain and Ireland. However, since the European population is declining, it is likely that most occurrences in western Europe in recent decades are escapes or feral birds. Although this bird is observed in the wild from time to time in eastern North America, no evidence of a genuine vagrant has been found.

Biological descriptions

This is a bird of open country, and it will breed on cliffs, in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days. The Ruddy Shelduck is usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks. However, moulting and wintering gatherings on chosen lakes or slow rivers can be very large.

The Ruddy Shelduck is a distinctive species, 58–70 cm long with a 110–135 cm wingspan. It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck. The sexes of this striking species are similar, but the male has a black ring at the bottom of the neck in the breeding season summer, and the female often has a white face patch. The call is a loud wild honking.

In captivity this species is generally aggressive and antisocial and is best housed in pairs unless in a very large area. Then it may mix with other species, although it will still be feisty at breeding time.
The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl", essentially the same as the English "shelduck".

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-15 13:10]

Hello Jaqueline,
A very nice portrait on this Ruddy Shelduck. Beautiful subtle colors, and the detail is very sharp. The green backround really makes a nice contrast for the duck to stand out well.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-15 13:49]

Hello Jacqueline,
A beautiful photo but a bit oversharpened. Taken from a very good POV in nice colours and a good composition.

Hi MF Jacqueline,

Lovely capture of this beauty! however, I agree with Peter on the oversharpenning here. TFS.
Have a nice night MF!


bonjour Jacqueline

jolie photo en close-up de ce canard,
prise par un excellent POV et cadrage,
excellent focus netteté et détails dans
l'ensemble de l'image, joli regard visuel,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-15 18:24]

Hola Jaqueline.
Muy bella la foto de este hermoso Pato. El medio ambiente que le rodea le ahce lucir aun mas.
Gran calidad en la imagen

hello Jaqueline, beautiful photo, from a fine POV, is a lovely bird!
TFS Nasos

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-15 23:04]

Hello Jacqueline,
You captured this beautiful Shelduck in a lovely pose and it looks lovely half-hidden in the green grass. Fine details and beautiful colours. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Jacqueline
How beautiful is this Shelduck and how beautiful and lucious is the surrounding in which you have captured it. It is good to see this lovely bird not in the water but on the surface. The greenery is not only an ideal backdrop but also creates a natural frame around the bird. It looks as if it has a tiny feather in its beak, which is an extra bonus to an already beautiful image. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-16 0:52]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is a fine well-composed capture of a female Ruddy Shellduck. The POV is great and she looks good against the framing of the natural vagetation of the park.
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Jaqueline. Good contrasts an colours. Nice compo. Bit oversharpened.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-16 2:31]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Un oiseau aquatique de toute beauté, ici montré au-milieu d'une végétation dense et intéressante pour l'image. Le jeu de couleurs est très beau et la pose du canard excellente. Très bonne netteté aussi. Un canard qui n'est pas de chez nous, mais qui assurément est de grande beauté.
Bonne journée

Ciao Jacqueline, great capture of lovely duck in nice natural ambientation, splendid bright colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, brava, ciao Silvio

Hola Jacqueline

Preciosa imagen y muy agradable, una composición de este pato con su entorno excelente. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-12-16 13:22]

Merhaba Jacqueline,
Çok iyi yakalşmışsın; netlik ve detayları süper olmuş, renkler de öyle.
Tebrikler, sevgilerle..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-16 15:52]
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Salut Jacqueline,une composition tres artistique cette capture parmi les herbes,excellent choix de la prise de vue et couleurs,tu as surement pousee' un peu trop la nettete' et la photo est plutot disturbee'...mais pas de problemes,personne est parfaite..ehhe...merci beaucoup et bonne journee',Luciano

Hello Jaqueline
another great picture, sharp details and light fantastic. A nice image. Tanks for sharing. Greetings, Paolo

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Le judicieux encadrement végétal attire spontanément le regard et valorise bien le sujet par son opposition ; la lumière est belle et fait resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hallo Jacqueline
une très belle photo de cet anatidé, parfaits details, couleurs belles et naturelles, une composition réussie
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Except for the oversharpening which is clearly seen on the flowers and on the greenery a nice duck portrait. Try to use a software which enables selective sharpening. Great composition and well exposed colors on the other side.
Best regards, László

Hi Jaqueline,

i have been missed you!
An very good composition.
Well exposed but you used a little to much sharpening.
A pity.
Fine colors.
Nice image.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-19 6:56]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
Very cute.!
Lovely capture of this Shelduck with a very good focus, sharpness, naturel colors, details.
Best wishes,

Hi Jacqueline,
Thanks for Your warm words. Your photo is great - colours are beautiful, great sharpness and composition. I like this surroundings of this shelduck. I invite You to see mine ruddy shelduck (unfortunatelly it was captured in ZOO),
Best regards,

Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and family Jacqueline.
This is wonderful duck image and the close framing is so pleasing.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hi Jacqueline,
A beautiful composition of Ruddy Shelduck in the green surrounding with beautiful colours and sharpness. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-09 8:14]

Hi Jacqueline.
I have missed this charming picture. However, it is not surprise for me last year. Cute bird is captured at a very attractive scene. POV and composition as well as exposure are brilliant. Only image is over sharpened a bit but it is not a point. My kind regards and TFS.

Hello Jacqueline,

I just couldn't resist this charming fellow!
For some reason all ducks look like very happy birds, I guess it is the shape of the beak that impose the idea hehehe...
I like the composition, with the bird placed in the middle of the green field, a strong rural feeling!

Pablo -

Bonjour Jacqueline,

La végétation cadre bien le canard. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du canard tadorne casarca. La lumière donne un bon contraste aux couleurs. Bonne journée.


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