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Old Jun 3, 2010, 9:07 AM   #1
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Here are a few shots of the family of mallards that have taken up residence out back. One of them is silver/gray (as seen on the left in the first picture). Anyoine know why she is so different than the rest?

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Nice captures. Just as in our own society, as in many animal species, male and females have a different exterior appearance.

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Old Jun 3, 2010, 1:09 PM   #3
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Any suggestions on how to improve?
Nice shots. Two quick suggestions: First, the grass looks over-saturated and unnatural to me. Second - the last shot looks over-cropped as the detail isn't there. That could be also caused by re-sizing for posting here. But, in general, you want to frame as tight as possible in camera with birds. It's tough to crop down and retain fine detail.

Again, nice shots!
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Thank you Sarah and John!

I appreciate the tip on framing tight in camera. You are correct, that last shot is a crop of the original. The picture is sharper on my computer so perhaps the loss in detail is a combination of the crop and the re-sizing for posting.

Agree on the grass, I did over-saturate a bit....easy fix!
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Duck puns???

I may have to send you a bill - but I think the "silver" one may be an immature female.
You can tell if it's a mature female - it will make wise quacks.
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hmm...maybe one duck is telling the other duck to duck off...for lunch?
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Clint, she is a beauty and the blackish bill is really interesting. Love the puns but sending me a bill would be a very fowl thing to do!

Greg, I knew you'd eventually reply since you live down under!
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You're right

If all the ducks got together for a dance would that be called a fowl ball??

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Clint, she is a beauty and the blackish bill is really interesting. Love the puns but sending me a bill would be a very fowl thing to do!

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If all the ducks got together for a dance would that be called a fowl ball??
And after the ball they got the flock out of there, to a more tran-quill location. Waddle be next?
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