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A mother Mallard, taken whilst on holiday in Cape Cod, MA, USA in May. She started off with 10 ducklings, but every day a couple were missing and she finally ended up with 2. There are Snapping Turtles in the pond Sad

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my Greenfinch upload - very much appreciated as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2011 - 6:32 PM
Focal Length:700mm 45.7m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:....and then there were six
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:12 Nov 2011 - 9:08 AM
Tags:Cape cod, Duck, Ducklings, Lake, Mallard, Massachusetts, Snapping turtle, Usa, Wildlife / nature
Votes:30

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 10:30 AM

Lovely little family group Sylvia. lets hope she managed to see these through to maturity.
Ron

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 10:59 AM

Like the crop applied leaving the family plenty of room for the family to swim into.
Nice shot, Sylvia.
Ronnie.
(Meant to comment earlier but got distracted.....R).

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 11:21 AM

I do hope the remaining two survived, Sylvia. A lovely capture. Carol

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Gray_ina
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12 Nov 2011 - 11:28 AM

Hi Sylvia, super shot, life is tough, makes us appreciate the good days, regards gray.

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 11:54 AM

A lovely sight Sylvia, nature is just so raw!!!

We witnessed a Snapping Turtle laying eggs on the banks of Lake Superior and were warned to stay well away as they'd have your fingers off - so I don't expect those little ducklings stood a chance!!!

Mike

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 1:03 PM

A lovely shot love the detail and the crop is spot on
mike

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
12 Nov 2011 - 1:03 PM

A great capture you got here.
Robert

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Samuel_Aron
12 Nov 2011 - 3:38 PM

Nice shot!
Sam.

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 7:09 PM

Very sweet image Sylvia
David

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 8:37 PM

A very cute image Sylvia..........Sandy

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2011 - 8:53 PM

a family of ducklings always have a struggle to survive and its a shame but its wildlife and thats the way of things sadly - good shot of this family Sylvia, just glad I am not a duckWink

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 732 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2011 - 5:02 PM

It always saddens me to hear of this Sylvia, mum is always so attentive and hope the rest have survived, cracking shot,
Geoff.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2011 - 9:42 PM

A lovely family outing Sylvia, so sad to hear that only two made it to adulthoodSad

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