|Information sur la photo|
|Copyright: ziggy Siedleczka (mumek)
|Date de prise de vue: 2004-12-11|
|Appareil photographique: Sony DSC-F717|
|Versions: version originale|
|Date de soumission: 2004-12-21 14:27|
|[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe|
|Mallards can accomplish some interesting feats. They swim with their tail held above the water and, when they are alarmed, they spring directly out of the water and into the air. The sudden flight of Mallards can make quite a spectacular sight.|
Once Mallards arrive on their nesting territory in the spring, the females build down-lined nests on the ground near lakes and reservoirs. It is important that the nests be well-placed in dense vegetation to avoid detection from predators.
Although Mallards are seasonally monogamous, the male deserts the female after only the first week of incubation. The female incubates the five to 14 eggs by herself until they hatch some time between March and July, some 26 to 30 days later. The downy young leave the nest soon after hatching and can fly from 49 to 60 days later.
Mallards are very common throughout North America. As migratory waterfowl, they winter south of Canada, throughout the United States south to Central America. Mallards arrive on nesting grounds in northern parts of the United States and in Canada between March and April.
Mallards are also common throughout much of Europe, Asia and Africa. They winter and migrate throughout Texas, but they are most abundant in the Panhandle. Wherever Mallards are located, they are most likely found on shallow bodies of fresh water, on lakes, marshes and even flooded fields.
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- [2004-12-21 14:33]
Ziggy, you captured an excelent reflection of the duck. Great composition and clearity.
What a beautiful ligthing you got here, Ziggy. For my taste it is superb. Also details and the reflection are great. I would crop just some milimeters bigger at the bottom, to give the reflection some place. Very nice shot, thanks for sharing.
- [2004-12-22 1:53]
Post card quality shot Ziggy. Stunning composition. Very well done
Well done, but it looks a bit overexposed.
- [2004-12-22 13:55]
Nice composition for this one, Ziggy.
I like the light on both the duck and its reflection.
A great work: picture and note.
- [2004-12-23 15:23]
I wanter to say that the image was a bit centered horizontally, but wit this lighting I think it as the right place. This is a beautiful setting with excellent sharpness and exposure.
Very well done and thanks for posting.