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Wood duck portrait

Wood duck portrait
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 APO
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-26 11:59
Viewed: 3180
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa is a medium-sized perching duck. An typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.

The adult male has distinctive multi-coloured iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Their personality is however somewhat shy and skittish.

Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behavior known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.(wikipedia.com)

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2006-12-26 12:46]

nice colors but it could use some sharpening.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-26 14:32]

Precioso retrato Mircea, magníficos detalles y encuadre, buen disparo... saludos

Hi Mircea,
Colorful bird.
Well done

Beautiful portrait and amazing colors and nice details. Regards, Yvonne

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-26 23:19]

Hello Mircea

A very good portrait of this wood duck.These ducks are so beautiful.The colours are well saturated.Your composition in the frame is well done.I like the lovely green blurred BG.Nicely framed.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-27 1:15]

Great job, Mircea.
Beautiful colors caught with their irridescence.
Sharp details in a great profile.
TFS. : )

great portrait, the frame is too heavy for the pic, TFS Ori

un bien joli portrait avec de magnifiques reflets dans le plumage.

Hi Mircea

Very nice work. Love the composition. Good colours. Well done.

Very Nice portrait. Good colors. Good sharpness. Correct framing.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-27 5:50]

Un superbe portrait,les couleurs sont parfaite et le canard est de toute beauté.
Bravo et Bonne Année!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-08 21:52]

Très beau portrait mircea, ce canard branchu est superbe avec ses couleurs vives, merci pour le partage.


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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2007-01-09 7:36]

Nice wood duck, i like the colors and the details. Sébastien

Hi Mircea, Beautifully crystal-clear close up. Congratulations. TFS. Murray.

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