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זכות יוצרים: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
ז'נר: Animals
מדיום: צבעוני
תאריך צילום: 2005-04-05
קטגוריות: Birds
מצלמה: FujiFilm FinePix S5500
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/280 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Exotic Ducks Of The World [view contributor(s)]
תאריך טעינה: 2005-04-05 14:24
נצפה: 3863
Favorites: 1 [view]
נקודות: 30
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Mandarin Duck - Aix galericulata

I was incredibly surprised to see this little fellow swimming happily amongst the Mallards, Canadian Geese and Swans at one of my local ponds.
I admit the image could be better but the light wasn’t fantastic and he was also quite far away.
I have cropped the image and adjusted contrast.


The Mandarin was known and revered in Asia. Westerners were quick to discover it when they began to visit those areas of the world and captive Mandarins were brought to Europe as early as the 1700’s. By the 1800’s, there was at least one resident wild flock of Mandarins thriving in the UK and there is presently at least one feral flock of Mandarins in residence in the western U.S. that coexists well with the local population of Wood Ducks. In case you are wondering whether such closely related species as the Mandarin and Wood Duck will cross, the answer is yes and no. They will freely mate with one another but the eggs from such unions are almost always infertile. Reports exist of hybrids but evidently usually turn out to be pure but poor specimens of one or the other specie that just look like crosses.

Though web-footed, the birds have the power of perching and it is a curious sight to watch them on the branches of trees overhanging the pond in which they live, the male and female being always close together, the one gorgeous in purple, green, white, and chestnut, and the other soberly apparelled in brown and grey. This handsome plumage the male loses during four months of the year, from May to August, when he throws off his fine crest, his wing-fans, and all his brilliant colours, assuming the sober tinted dress of his mate. The Summer Duck of America bears a close resemblance to the Mandarin Duck, both in plumage and manners, and at certain times of the year is hardly to be distinguished from that bird.

The foreign duck has been successfully reared in Zoological Gardens, some being hatched under the parent bird and others under a domestic hen, the latter hatching the eggs three days in advance of the former.

The Chinese regard the Mandarin highly as they say it exhibits a most striking example of conjugal attachment and fidelity. A pair of them are frequently placed in an ornately decorated cage and carried in their marriage processions, to be presented to the bride and groom as worthy objects of emulation.

Thank you for taking the time to look.

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it is a nice one Julia,
very good composition with fantastic details in the shot, The colours are super, The pof is very nice,good note, very good job.
gr. Jaap

Excelent capture, Julia.
Well done on this composition and details.
The S5000/5500 is a difficult cam to set. There is only so much one can do with this kind of setting. A dark subject and bright surroundings. By adjustments you lose on something, either underexposed or Over.
One thing for sure you can see the duck.
Excelent work with the compact.


I love mandarins !!! this one is a little bit soft i think, but the drops totally make up for it. the POV is also good. How far away were you from it ??


Well captured Julia,
Very good composition, details and with this duck the colours are always fantastic.
Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-05 16:17]
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Ahhh, poor Mr Mandarin. Nice shot Julia, another one where that polariser would have worked. You could always try selecting a different angle to cut down on the glare. It's a nice shot though. Well done.

Very good capture and good colours, I think that you should open a little bit the frame it is too tyde and sharpen it a little more.

Hi Julia, good low perspective, but this looks a little dark and a touch soft.
Nonetheless a nice nice shot and thanks for sharing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2005-04-05 20:06]
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Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Julia for this beautifull Mandarin.

A very lovely subject. I like the POV and colors the most. The exposure as you have said is not spot on. Nice photo, well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-04-06 6:15]
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Wonderful note and beautiful picture! The colors are very nice, although I think the picture is a little dark (the right part under the bill is underexposed). You already explained that the light wasn't fantastic. Nothing serious. Composition is very nice and POV is really good. Details are very nice too. I really like the waterdroplets!

Julia, Nice shot with the water action a plus. Good POV and details..This is a difficult shot at 1/280th and hand-held with movement BUT you did quite well IMO..TFS!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-06 7:56]
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I like this shot very much. The problem when taking shot against a reflection like this is that the exposure varies according to the waves, making proper readings difficult. I think you did very well and the colors are great.

Excellent work

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-04-06 11:23]
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Chineese sailship! Your duck looks like one of junks from Hong-Kong [funny, I checked in dictionary and those beautifull Chineese sailships are called junks for real ;-)]. Anyway - colorfull with full sails set ;-) sailing to better future ;-) I like it!

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 462 W: 14 N: 366] (2689)
  • [2005-12-28 14:07]

another good shot of the duck. evidently, ducks are your favourete motive.

I love this duck, really colorfull!
It's hard to see in Italy.

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