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Mother duck at the rear!

Posted by
Maxine (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 6 January 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

She is keeping them safe but allowing them to lead. I really liked this shot because of the colors of the water in the foreground, and the ducklings being in soft focus.

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 mm

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Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Its beautiful max just beautiful! I can see what you mean....the soft focus of the ducklings and their little heads reflected are so sweet:-)

6 Jan 2009 7:37am

@Linerberry: thanks C, we are so lucky with the Gardens in CHCH.

Kent from Västra Götaland, Sweden

They are so cute the little ducks and I think their mother is very proud of them. Nice picture

6 Jan 2009 1:16pm

@Kent: Thankyou Kent, mum was very proud and protective of them as you will see!

willow from Chelsea, United States

I agree that the colors are great and the reflections of the ducklings are awesome, too. I'm glad I'm not the only one who stalks even the "ordinary" ducks!

6 Jan 2009 5:23pm

@willow: I think that 'ordinary' things are often extraordinary when you really stop and look.Ducks are always there , but also always cute and funny and beautiful too.Glad you see this too!

Aurélie from Bretagne, France

Ohh, they are so cute.... Beautiful

6 Jan 2009 7:36pm

@Aurélie: Thankyou Aurelie, I love ducklings!

Charles from New York, United States

I like the way she is letting them take off on their own...tough to do in our world. Nice lesson.

7 Jan 2009 1:40am

@Charles: Thats what I thought also. And it is tough in this world of ours to watch our loved ones walk out as adults!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Sweet shot of the little family, I like the darker water in front too.

7 Jan 2009 2:46am

@Observing: Hi Mike, thanks, i enjoyed the day in the gardens immensely.

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

great shot! i agree with your description but my favourite aspect of this shot is the angle and composition - the fact that they are coming towards you in a formation almost!

9 Jan 2009 5:07am

@Kathryn: Yes that is what attracted me at first. my favourite bit is the ripples in front,

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

swimming lessons w/ mum! so gorgeous!

23 Jan 2009 10:51pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
F/5.6
ISO 400
300 mm