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Mrs Paradise Duck

Mrs Paradise Duck
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-10 22:07
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Points: 28
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Paradise Shelduck
Maori: Putangitangi

Seaching through my old folders I came across this beautiful duck that I had photographed at the lake at Western Springs in Auckland last year. This is the female Paradise Duck. She doesn't look real, does she? With her white head I think she looks like she's wearing a cape. . .

Putangitangi, the paradise shelduck, is endemic to New Zealand, that means it is found nowhere else in the world. It was discovered first by Captain Cook at Dusky Sound in 1773 during his second voyage. Cook called it the Painted Duck.

They were not a common bird before settlement by Europeans but are now one of the endemic birds which have prospered with the conversion of native forest to pasture. They have increased greatly in numbers through this century and are now only partially protected.

They are a large duck and are always seen in pairs except during the moulting season. The drake has a black head with a greenish gloss, the body being dark grey barred with black. The undertail and tertials are orange chestnut. The female duck has a white head and the body is a deep chestnut with dappled bright orange markings.

They mainly graze on grass and weeds, or standing crops of peas or grain which can mean they often get on the wrong side of farmers, especially when they flock, sometimes in very large numbers, during the moulting season between December and February.

Most paradise duck start breeding when 2 years old and pairs remain together from year to year, returning to the same nesting area. If one bird dies, its mate occupies the same territory and re-mates again.


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Hi Janice,

Very nice feather texture and the white and dark areas are well handled to show detail in both in what looks like low light conditions.


Hello Janice!
Another great photo with duck on first plane :)
Good quality picture, sharpness is ok. Nicely composed.

Hi, Janice,

a great capture of a beautiful duck. it looks soooo calm!! the colours and the details are also very attractive. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-11 2:21]

Hello Janice
Very nice shot with good feather texure shown in full detail. Lovely sharp picture and good POV. Ganesh

Hi Janice

I found this species to be very difficult to get the exposure right so that the whites didn't blow out, but you've done a great job here. A very attractive duck. Good composition, sharpness and POV.


Beautiful blending of brown on the duck, canard Janice. A nice close in and certainly ID'able shot while loosing nothing in its exquisite portrayal. Finer image for a fine day ahead. I hope this portends well for both of us!

Hi Janice,
Excellent close-up capture of this beautiful Paradise Shelduck with good POV and composition showing pin sharp details and bright natural colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-12 2:08]

Hello Janice,
Thanks for showing us this beautiful Paradise duck, endemic to N.Z. I like its pose and the fine details and wonderful colours of the plumage. Interesting note too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-12 2:14]

Hello Janice,
She is certainly a beauty, this female Paradise Duck and you've captured her with great sharpness and detail for us to see not only her striking white head but the intricate pattern of the plumage in great lighting and from an excellent POV.
TFS this delight,

Hello Janice,
Excellent capture of paradise duck with great sharpness, plumage details & colors. Over all a candid shot :)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-13 13:24]

Hi Janice
Fantastic picture of this bird, good details and colors. The contrasts are good
Well done

Hi Janice,

A very nice portrait shot of this duck. What a pretty creature. Nature is so beautiful. You did well in the low light conditions. TFS.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-08-14 21:01]

Hi Janice

An excellent capture of this lovely lady Paradise Shelduck. The water surface is like a mirror, perfectly still and absolutely smooth.

The DOF was spot-on therefore showing sharp details on just about the entire range of the bird. The exposure control dealt perfectly with the lighting conditions showing excellent contrasts on the white head as well as on the dark body. The composition and cropping is fine which left good spacing around the duck and enough room to move into. The colour saturation is great making it appear quite natural and alive.

Well done and TFS.
Kia Ora

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-15 21:16]

Absolutely stunning image Janice,
Very sharp and detailed with wonderful natural colors. I have never seen this type of duck before. You have done a great job of capturing this beautiful bird for all to enjoy viewing. TFS.

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