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Wild duck with ducklings (Mallard)


Wild duck with ducklings (Mallard)
Copyright ©2011, Olav Agnar Frogner
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The Mallard is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks. Ducks belong to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The wild Mallard and Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) are believed to be the ancestors of all domestic ducks. The Mallard is widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, North America from southern and central Alaska to Mexico, the Hawaiian Islands, and across Eurasia, from Iceland and southern Greenland and parts of Morocco (North Africa) in the west, Scandinavia to the north, and to Siberia, Japan, and China in the east. 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 inhabits a wide range of habitat and climates, from Arctic Tundra to subtropical regions. It is found in both fresh- and salt water wetlands, including parks, small ponds, rivers, lakes and estuaries, as well as shallow inlets and open sea within sight of the coastline. Water depths of less than 1 m (4 ft) are preferred, birds avoiding areas more than a few metres deep. They are attracted to bodies of water with aquatic vegetation.

Photographer: Olav Agnar Frogner
Folder: Danube Delta
Uploaded: 17-Oct-2011 13:54 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Exposure time: 1/400 s
Aperture: F5
Focal length: 208 mm
Lens: Olympus ZD 50-200 swd + EC-14
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
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Image resized to: 621x1000

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I like this perspective, it appears intimate to the scene; meaning it looks like you were in the water with the subjects.
Mark Stodter

Mark Stodter at 15:03 CEST on 17-Oct-2011 [Reply]

Thank you Mark.

We were not in the water, but our riverboat was nearly like an oversized canoe with an outboard engine, so I had a very easy way to get a low perspective without getting my feet wet…

Olav Agnar Frogner at 17:14 CEST on 17-Oct-2011 [Reply]