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Like a sitting Duck

Like a sitting Duck
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 400D Rebel XTi, Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ducks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 11:51
Viewed: 2605
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not a ''sitting Duck '' but a sleeping Duck

We all know the expression :
A sitting Duck (being a target),well this one was for my camera shoot.

Another birdy from the Biodome in Montreal
A very nice coloured Duck.. but have no idea what kind.. so hope to get the answer from a * connoisseur * in this field.

Tech talk:
Focal length : 200 mm
Shutterspeed: 1/3 (leaning camera on a bench)
F number: 6.3
ISO 400 ( no flash)
Shadows / Highlights

Thanks for popping in Folks

John T

When it looks like a Duck
and when it sounds like a Duck
it might be a Duck!

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Good Pov John ! Lovely capture.

Well taken


Josée :)

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-02-19 12:01]

Sitting or sleeping, he is well turned out John. Vivid colors - amazing that he remained motionless for the long shutter speed. Water is really clear. Bravo


Hi John,
Lovely catch of this duck in sleeping, beautiful colors and sharp picture , Excellent POV' and details well done John,

Hi John,
Lovely capture and vivid colours.
Very beautiful POV and details.
Well done my friend.TFS.

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2008-02-19 12:38]

Hi John,

Good shot, and you make wonders from little things..


Hi John,
Fantastic light reflex,beautiful photo.Congratulation.
Best regards,

I have seen the feather detail before on TL John but I can't remember the name. Good colour and well composed. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Fury’

Sitting Duck sounds fine to me, John! There are so many species around it could take forever to ID this one. Lovely details. He knew you meant no harm, and they are probably used to having their picture taken. For all I know, there is no hunting in the biodome, so that's not something he would have to worry about!

hello JT,

good shot of this sleepy duck :) i like the brown colour in some part of his body.. well captured.

regards, terry

Hello there John

A wonderful shot here, lovely and sharp with good colour and really nice framing that suits the image well

TFS regards Helen

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-02-19 14:27]

Hola amigo,
hermoso momento y captura,
bello colorido del plumaje,
detalles y bonito amiente,
saludos John.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-02-19 14:50]

It's a Mandarine duck John - althans, in't Nederlands is het een Mandarijneend. Weird how it shows only half-way, in water as clear as this I'd expect to see some of its paws as well... On the other hand, it sure says "I'm floating" ;o).
Nice one.

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  • soda Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 173 W: 65 N: 149] (2634)
  • [2008-02-19 16:07]

Hi John,
This is a nice duck! I went to the Biodome but never saw this fellow!
Great capture and lovely colours.
Very well done.

Hi John,

Did you wake her up when capturing this image? . . ha ha . . No flash . .
I believe it sleeps, water at the surrounding is no movement . .
Great moment capturing this sleeping duct . . I never seen one . .
Lovely color . . fine detail feathers . .
Very well composed . .


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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-02-19 16:51]

Szervusz John,
Very nice, amazing coloured duck. Fantastic POV. Excellent photo. TFS.
WEll done, Zsú

hi john, i thionk ducks look so peaceful this way and you have captured that well
thanks scott

Hi John
This duck is a male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Harle couronné in French. Wee don't have Mandarine ducks in Canada. Another easy shot. The colors are perfect.
Good time-serving photo.

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-02-19 22:33]

Hoi John
Een mooie eend John, het leuke is 'de slaap der onschuldigen'
Mooi ook de water spiegeling.

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2008-02-19 22:37]

Great shot of this beautiful duck

Hello John:
Very well captured with all the colors & details...
A very nice tight crop and wonderful style of framing!!!
You are an excellent Note writer as always:)

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-02-20 0:50]

Hi John
Great shot my friend, real good capture, super sharpness even with that long shutterspeed.
Great work.

../PL::: if I do remember..... ho knows.

Hi John,

Indeed a sleeping duck and now I knew before reading your note that this must have been in the Biodome.
Lovely sleepy capture, I feel myself floating away by looking, very relaxing.


A cute impressison of a cozy moment in this duck's life, John. I like the bird's delicate reflections in the water. Well done! - Cordelia :))

Hi John,
A wonderful catch, with this guy displaying his gorgeous colorful feathers while taking a nap. The crystal-clear water is a bonus, making the perfect backgroungd.

That's a Orangius Duckius or more commonly called canard à l'orange.
Excellent capture.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-02-20 5:09]

Beautiful capture and vivid colours.Well done uncle John. !!!

Hello Johnny,
Surprise that he didn't wake up by you :D
Nice composition, details and colors.
I like this tight crop, fills the frame.
You are really doing nice with birdies of Biodome :-)

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-02-20 7:46]

Hello John,
Beautifull photo. Amazing colours and detail and a great refletion capture.
My regards, josé mb

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-02-20 7:47]

After checking this closely resembles a Hooded Merganser. White crest dark side
The female has a dark head, buffy crest.
Very nice capture John and you have talked me into going to the biodome.
Thanks for showing

ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I wish I could take a nap like this! Nice shot, good sharpness, LOVE this style of framing!

Hi John, lovely duck in great sleeping pose, good colors, splendid sharpness and excellent details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi John,

Very fine post, I like the way you captured this sleeping duck. The photo has very clear details and natural colours.

Have a nice evening,

P.S. I'll be back

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2008-02-20 11:00]

Hi John,
Very interesting shot with great colors.
I like his/her pose.
Goed gedoen,

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-02-20 11:07]

Hallo John
Mooi ducky in een mooie kleur.
Gr Jos

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-02-20 12:04]

Hi John,
Fine photo! You captured this duck with a beautiful pose. Warm colors and good acuity of details! Nice reflections too. Very nicely done! Annie


Merhaba John,
Mükemmel bir foto olmuş...
Eline sağlık. Selamlar.
Best wishes my friend!...
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-02-20 23:14]

Hi John

Good sharpness & colour on the duck. Well framed, with a nice transparency of the water. Tfs!

Hi John,
Wonderfully captured and composed. Very good image and color quality ... I also like the overall contrast and clarity. Excellent work! tfs

hi John

Wonderful shot to see the duck in sleeping mode and it makes the photo much more powerful. Superb to have the reflection on still water and sharp details with nice colors. I think this is better than the duck's eyes open and active.

I especially like the water and the reflective surface showing soft image.

Many kind words have been said about you by others, John and perhaps I think your photos may reflect what is YOU that others admire and praise so much.

Amazing isnt it, to see such friendship and admiration arising out of photography hobby?

I hope to see more great photos and sharing from you.

TFS, bill

merhaba sevgili arkadaşım john van Aarle
excellent lovely duck.wonderful colours and reflection.tebrikler.
nasılsınız sevgili dostum?.iyi olmanızı temenni ederim.sevgilerimle.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-02-21 7:58]

Merhaba myfriend dear John...

Wonderful shot and pov..... Beautiful detail..!

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-02-21 13:29]

Hi John, great detail, beautiful colours. I like the framing too.
Ciao, Cinzia

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-02-21 19:58]

Hello John, great Duck from the Biodome, fine moment and very nice capture, well done, thanks!


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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-02-21 23:04]

Hoi John
Heel apart eendje 'in het net' hier
Zeker leuk omdat het slaapt met een apart veren dek
Verbaasd hoe scherp by 1/2 licht
Mooi gedaan
C U L 8 ter

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-02-22 1:06]

Merhaba John,
beautiful sleeping duck.Great detail.Teşekkürler,selamlar.Necla.

Hello John!

Very nice composition with a professional quality! TFS.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-02-22 15:33]

Hey Sir John,
Ha ha the sleeping duck ! And I can see you are as good as me with names. It is a BEAUTY. Really great colors and details. Super control of your settings. HAPPY WEEKEND mi amigo. TFS Julie

Hi John,
You caught an elegant pose from this beautiful bird. It was very still and sleepy to be able to use this shutter speed. This is a nice one and lovely model :) You know what? I never have been to Biodome yet… Thanks,

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-02-22 19:39]

It always looks to me as though their bills get cold to cause them to sleep in this pose:) Great catch, including the bit of reflection in the water, and the beautiful details of the duck's plumage.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-02-22 23:03]

Hi John...

Excellent catch, nicely done!
I like everything about this...
Perfect, what more can I say than – bravo...
Rgd. George

very nice shot.......tfs :-)

Hello John,
Great reflection of a lovely bird.
A mazing feather colors and peaceful atmosphere
Selahattin E

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-02-23 10:14]

Great pov nicely captured. Wonderful color and framing! TFS

Hi John

Cute shot of this sleeping duck. He looks very peaceful resting there. Nice details caught in the feathers and the water looks lovely



Nice effect of this beautiful coloured duck
well presented

Nice detail in its feathers, and I love the shapes of the reflections in the water. Lovely!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-02-25 1:38]
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a sleeping beauty?

Good one John, excellent details and compsition, very sharp and nice reflection...:D well capture!


Hello my friend John, beautiful photo, nice color & like the subtle reflection you got! Well done! It's nice to be home but not the cold snowey weather! Enjoyed the visit with the kids & grandson! Don

This is very curious, John, how it is sleeping in the water! Must be a water baby as well as a sleeping duck!
Wonderful colours and details of the bird!
The water is incredibly clear!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

PL :-)

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-02-26 1:56]

Like a sleeping beauty! :)
Great piture, fine details and colors, nice capture.

Hi John,
A very lovely and colorful sleeping beauty!

Hello John,
They are so funny when they take a nap, putting the beak in the plumage!
The moment is well captured, good colour & details in the bird...
Pablo -

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-03-09 18:04]

Hi my friend,

Good details with the feathers and reflections which makes a good compositional image.



Hello John!
Good POV and composition! Lovely duck! Beautiful colors, details and reflections!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

amazing shot.really liked it.

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