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Found a nice little pond a few kilometers out of town with a broad variety of water birds. Among them this beautiful Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), which is not very common around here.



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Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent shot:wow:
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
Thank you very much :)
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WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous capture! Wonderful color and detail! :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thanks very much :)
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WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Another beautiful duck!  Very good, clear, crisp photo.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Thanks again, and for the request too. Much appreciated :)
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Merhlin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Amazing. Never seen one of those before. Great colors. I love your photos. :D
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thanks very much. Shelducks are native to Europe and Central Asia, as far as I remember. They are sometimes mistaken for Geese due to their large size, but unfortunately I don't see them very often any longer.

Glad you like my work and thanks for the watch. You do some nice work yourself and I'll keep an eye on you too :)
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Merhlin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thanks very much for your compliment and the watch.

I read that until the 19th century (I think) that particular duck was called a Sheldrake. I am only just learning about waterfowl, having only recently moved to live on a small 5 acre lake. We've only been here 4 months and I haven't seen all the types of waterfowl that migrate through here and spend some time before moving on. Right now there's not a lot of variety to photograph. :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Sounds like a really nice place to get some good bird shots. Early spring and late autumn are usually the times where the largest variety of birds can be seen, so you still have something exciting to look forward to :)

As for here, the situation has become really bad. I use to have three favourite places near by to shoot birds, but all that's left now are a few Mallards and the ubiquitous Jackdaws and Gulls. I think extensive farming and the use of chemicals have killed the most of them - including the fish in the waters. Sorry to sound negative, but I find it sad when the zoo is the only place left to find birds that used to be common almost everywhere.
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Merhlin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Yes. So true about the scarcity of wildlife in some places. I am looking forward to fall but we've had a moderate summer here, (temperature wise) and some much needed rain.  We have no amphibians here which I find suspect. I've not heard a single frog of any type. We do have an abundance of fish and turtles and some very large ones too.  
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March 24, 2011
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