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Mandarin Duck Portrait

By teocali
A male Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) taken at WWT Arundel the other day. He appeared in a feeder area, away from the water. This image is virtually full frame - just cropped a tad from the RHS. V2 is digitally manipulated with the background blurred using a gaussian blur.
Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - very much appreciated as always Smile

Tags: Portrait Duck Male Mandarin Waterbird Waterfowl Close -up Captive birds Wildlife and nature Aix-galericulata

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Comments


19 Apr 2011 7:56PM
Excellent close-up portraits. Such beautiful ducks and you've captured them superbly............Sandy

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helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2011 8:14PM
Keep the background- not the slightest bit distracting and the colours blend well with the colours of the duck
Excellent colours, texture and detail
Helen
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
19 Apr 2011 8:45PM
Just love V2 Sylvia, superb work on the bg. The detail and composition on the Drake is first class and a fantastic eye
Richard
19 Apr 2011 8:47PM
Great close up Sylvia, they are such a beautiful coloured bird.
Vanda
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2011 8:48PM
fantastic detail sylvia wonderful colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Apr 2011 10:52PM
These are stunning birds Sylvia with the most extravagent plumage imaginable. Superb close up shot. I think I prefer ( just ) V1.
Ron
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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 1:52AM
V2 for me but both are lovely.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
20 Apr 2011 6:03AM
Two excellent images, Sylvia, wonderful colours and detail, my vote goes to V.2. Carol
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 7:21AM
V1 is the better of the 2 IMO for the b/g
Ray42 8 3 England
20 Apr 2011 7:28AM
Two excellent shots Sylvia - v2 does it for me - the bird stands out better around the top of the head particularly
AshTree 6 1.7k 6 England
20 Apr 2011 9:22AM
The natural blurred background of V1 is far the better I believe - the colours are so perfect and seem to bring out the colours of the duck even more! V2 looks static and unnatural to me. Beautiful detailed capture.
Theresa
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 5:54PM
Such a wonderful detailed shot Sylvia, really must be the 'best' portrait of this wonderful Mandarin Duck seen
Cannot say enough praise on this ..a perfect shot ( and sorry that I do not have a UA for thisSad )
I also go with V1
Lillian
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
20 Apr 2011 5:59PM
Two fantastic portraits Sylvia, the detail, colours and clarity are first class
20 Apr 2011 8:17PM
Wow, that's a proud little duckie... wonderful colours and detail, absolutely an eyecatcher.
Johanna
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
20 Apr 2011 9:10PM
Good work on V2 with the blur Sylvia and I think the duck looks slightly sharper but I also think the bg in V1 is quite complimentary to the duck. Either way a fine capture.
Brian.
21 Apr 2011 8:09AM
Hi Sylvia STUNNING regards gray.

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