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Mallard - male -

Mallard - male -
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Fujifilm 1,5 X Tele Conversions Lens
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-06 11:03
Viewed: 4678
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), the archetypal "wild duck", is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. Probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks. Almost all of the varieties of domesticated ducks are descended from the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), apart from the Muscovy Duck].

It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May. The Mallard is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. Introduced into Australia and New Zealand, it is now the most common duck species in the latter country.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-06 11:06]

Hi Heinz. You have done it again with the close up of the male this time. excellent detail and colours. with the light in the eye. a nice POV/DOF well done TFS. good notes too.

bonjour heinz
le colvert est assez facile a apporcher mais je vois que vous avez dû utilisé un TC quand même et c'est bien vu car le canard semble tranquille parce que vous étes resté a bonne distance de lui.
belles et bonnes couleurs,beaucoup de details.bravo.

Hello Heinz,
Fine portrit of this mallard
Sweet color and focus details
beautiful eye and feather color

Fascinating image, Heinz.
Do like your light; it generates beautiful colours and structures in the Duck's head.
Well done

Hello Heinz
This is a lovely fine portrait of the mallard male.
very nice colours and sharp details...great work

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-06 12:47]

Hello Heinz,
this is a very nice portrait of this Mallard drake.
+++ The colours are very vivid and the colours are beautiful.
Excellent sharpness and detail in the feathers.
Great DOF aswell.
--- Nothing :D
Well done,

Hi again Heinz, splendid portrait for the male too, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-11-06 13:23]

wow, da hattest du aber tolles licht gehabt, heinz! :-) wieder ein spitzenmäßiges portrait -
die grünen federn am kopf sind echt einmalig...beim nächsten schönen wetter muss ich auch mal wieder raus in den park auf
entenjagd.*g* superb job & alles gute, thor.

Another nice portrait of the mallard Heinz.
These are very common in New Zealand,especially here in Greymouth.
We have mallards coming into our garden at least once a week here.
Nice capture.

You captured wonderful details in this mallard. I do think these ducks are under-appreciated because they are so numerous. They are really so pretty. The iridescence is beautiful.

Evelynn : )

A truly fantastic portrait of a mallard, Heinz.
All the subtle colours are beautfully captured in this very sharp image.
TFS and regards.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-11-06 18:55]

Bonsoir Heinz,

Bravo pour ce portrait,l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les couleurs et détails.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-06 23:03]

Hi Heinz

Lovely POV with great detail and colour.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-07 0:58]

Hello Heinz,
Nice close portrait of Mr. Mallard!
Here you have excellent side-lighting, sharpness and pleasing composition against a neutral BG.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-11-07 1:36]

He's a darling! Excellent capture of the duck Heinz - super sharpness and details, and colours too.
Well done

Hello Heinz,
Great portrait of this male duck, with excellent details and exposure.
Also very sharp focusing and well presented!!
TFS and best wishes,

Brilliant color - great closeup. Wonderful lighting. And the duck is so calm...did he even know you were there. :)
Beautiful details down to the light in the eye!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-07 7:18]

Hello Heinz,
an extremely impressive portrait! Stunning detail and the exposure is perfect. I love those rich, well saturated colours only found on the Mallard...very fine work indeed, thanks you.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-07 8:34]

Hi, dear Heinz.
Once more superb portrait of another species of duck. It is so perfect as previous one. Amazing lights and fantastic colours, perfect details and sharpness, fine BG and precise framing. My compliments and Bravo.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-07 8:34]

Another fabulous posting!
Great colours, superb details, and delightful composition

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-07 10:23]

Hello Heinz,
What a perfect focus and details. Amazing natural, clear colours. Very good composition, POV and BG.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-07 18:58]

I really like your Mallard portraits Heinz ! This one is really good with a fantastic sharpness,good exposure and great details in the plummage and the eye. Well done,


Bonjour Heintz,

Superbes couleurs, reflets et détails. Ce canard semble nous sourire de contentement, il y a de quoi ! :-)



This is my favorite duck...and my fathers as well long since past, and probably his fathers as well...Very nice...until we meet tomorrow again for a cup of morning coffee then?

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-11-09 3:09]

Hi Heinz,
great portrait, excellent sharpness, light and DOF. Well quality. Good work.
Gr., Aleksander

Hallo Heinz,
und hier noch das passende Gegenstück ein Gestalt des Erpels - in klassischer Pose wie ein von Dürer gemalter Fürst auf samtig dunklem Kolorit, vor dem der metallisch glänzende Hals wunderbar weich hervortritt. Sehr gekonnt angenähert, elegant komponiert. Wunderschön. Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hi Heinz,

Beautiful lighting in this SUPERB close-up shot
Amazing colours and details
Excellent sharpness, POV and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-16 19:08]

Hello Heinz

A beautiful close up of this Drake.The plumage detail and colouration is superb.
The focus is razor sharp with wonderful detail,the eye is remarkable with lovely catch light.
Excellent low POV and DOF.
A top notch portrait.


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