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Nesting Mother Duck
Nesting Mother Duck
Jutilda


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3000
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: Jun 12, 2005
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2005

We have a duck pond near our house so I headed out to find some subjects for the latest challenge. I was delighted to find this one nestled in some leafy brush near the pond, nesting. She hissed at me but let me get a few shots of her. This was my favorite. Other than cropping, the lighting and filtering are natural.

Statistics
Place: 138 out of 289
Avg (all users): 5.5399
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.2516
Avg (non-participants): 5.9537
Views since voting: 1042
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 263
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)


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12/24/2005 10:34:49 AM
Very nice picture. Love the detail and the out of focus leaves in front really add a nice effect!
09/06/2005 02:41:56 AM
You were lucky to get so close to her nesting, love the color and eye detail shame about the foreground leaf.
07/01/2005 04:20:54 PM
This was a good shot. The color hues are wonderful. Good Job.
07/01/2005 02:27:38 PM
Really nice shot of Mother Goose! :-) And I like the leaves in the foreground (with the exception of the one under her beak, but it's really not that much of a distraction to me).
06/20/2005 03:25:45 PM
Judy, I LOVE this picture. This is one of the ones that I thought would be way, way up there! I don't understand the voting sometimes -- I sure gave this one a high score. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of one of these birds close-up enough to see the blue, blue eyes -- contrasting so vividly with that yellow beak. I would be really proud to have this one in my collection!!!

SandyP
06/20/2005 08:34:28 AM
Thanks for the votes and comments. This one was a learning experience. There were some really great entries in this challenge.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/16/2005 11:10:12 PM
There is something a bit frightening about this duck...nice shot though.
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06/16/2005 07:22:32 PM
The leafs are disturbing for me but i guess that´s a taste.. I
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06/16/2005 05:29:31 AM
The green leaves are distracting but sometimes you just can't help it:)
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06/15/2005 11:05:57 PM
Although the green nicely complements the colors of the duck, the way that the foliage occludes the subject more than negates the benefit. Perhaps a slightly different angle and a wider crop would have accomplished a similar result without the green blurs in the foreground.
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06/15/2005 03:51:28 PM
The lighting on the shot is very good.
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06/15/2005 01:27:34 PM
How many babies? I like that her eyes pick up the color of the background.
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06/15/2005 01:26:39 AM
I was really drawn to the eye on this one, but the leaves really detract from the bird.
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06/14/2005 02:49:50 PM
One of my favorite duck pictures. Highlights are a tad bright but still lovely. 7
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06/14/2005 12:48:34 PM
wow, looks like it has razor sharp teeth with that bill! amazing capture and very bright
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06/14/2005 02:51:24 AM
I didn't know birds had fangs!
06/13/2005 09:29:24 PM
Very nice but the leaves in foreground are disturbing a little bit IMHO...
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06/13/2005 04:43:12 PM
Wow! I love those BLUE eyes!!! I think this is a very cool picture!
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06/13/2005 01:31:59 PM
front part of the beak also ....and it would be well marked
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06/13/2005 12:26:52 PM
kind of a Jurassic Park view. Too hot on the forehead feathers, not sharp enough, the leaf on the lower beak is distracting. But, I like the viewpoint, colors, and DOF. Nice job.
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06/13/2005 11:10:16 AM
This must be very rare to see blue eyed duck! Nice and colorful shot...
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06/13/2005 09:13:51 AM
goose
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06/13/2005 04:17:59 AM
Awesome capture ... well done and good luck
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06/13/2005 12:05:20 AM
Nice shot, great eye! Your colors are really nice and love that it's a bird being a bird.
It's a goose ya know, a Toulouse Goose female. I used to own several.
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