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Standing Guard

Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 26 June 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

This female Mallard was standing guard over her brood of duclings. There are two broods on this pond. One with seven ducklings and one with eight ducklings. This has got to be my most favorite pond in the whole world. It houses more possible life than the average person would ever imagine. I enjoy exploring it as much as possible.

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r00t from Csorna, Hungary

superb shot.

26 Jun 2009 6:02am

@r00t: Thank you my friend.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

I like how you framed it and the crispy colors. Have a nice week-end

26 Jun 2009 6:45am

@Veronique: Thank you Veronique. You enjoy your weekend also.

JanW from Netherlands

Mamma Duck knows you're around Lee. She looking at you! Great shot and a good crop.
I see some Yellow Spatterdocks too, so you can make pictures of the bottle like fruits ;-))
Have a nice weekend.

26 Jun 2009 8:15am

@JanW: Thank you. I will try to shoot some later this summer.

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Lovey shot and very attractive cropping! Which lens have you used for this shot?

26 Jun 2009 8:48am

@mohkum: Thank you. I used my 400mm telephot. This shot is about 250 feet away. I also cropped it from a horizontal capture.

lydia from Paris, France

A nice family !! I love the place they live in , have a nice day Lee !

26 Jun 2009 9:42am

@lydia: Thank you Lydia. Enjoy your weekend.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

It's a beautiful capture Lee - the yellow flower in the middle of the pond makes it all come together perfectly.

26 Jun 2009 10:17am

@Sarah: Thank you Sarah. HAve a great weekend.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice image !

26 Jun 2009 11:02am

@Loner: Thank you Sonja.

Baby Sis from Canada

Beautiful shot Lee. I'm glad you have a fav spot, you're very fortunate to have so much nature at your fingertips.
PS. Eric graduates grade 12 today, where has the time gone. Boo hoo :( :))

26 Jun 2009 11:37am

@Baby Sis: Thanks Shelley. I am lucky you are right. It is unfortunate I am so far away. Seems like only yesterday I was changing his diapers. Wish him well for me.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well captured Lee! It looks like the brood will soon be off and on their own; but until then Mother rules the roost. Bravo! ;-)

26 Jun 2009 11:56am

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric. Yes, mother does rule the roost. They all heed and obey her very nicely.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Awww, how sweet. Wonderful shot of this family.

26 Jun 2009 1:12pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

looks like teens

26 Jun 2009 1:25pm

@Daniel: This pond has two families on it. This one seems to be about one week ahead of the other brood.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Absolutely delightful :)

26 Jun 2009 2:28pm

@Lorraine: Thank you.

zOOm from Paris, France

Who's coming ?? ;-)

26 Jun 2009 2:40pm

@zOOm: Just Lee and the neighbors dogs again. Not to be to worried, but you never can be sure.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Excellent shot Lee. What I like the best is water in background with lovely reflection .

26 Jun 2009 2:56pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much

LauraS from Chico, United States

How did you focus on them, with the background so blurry? Wonderful subject and composition. Love this.

26 Jun 2009 3:55pm

@LauraS: Thank you Laura. The original shot is a landscape. I cropped this vertical from it. That does make the background a lot more blurry. However, this was shot at f8.o with my 4500mm lens and about 250 feet away from me. That also helps throw the background out of focus.

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

a great shot, the yellow flowers add some extra value:). a very cute mallard family

26 Jun 2009 6:33pm

@Linda: Thank you Linda.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot Lee.....and that one lily standing in the water is just perfect !!!! You're just too lucky to have a pond like this close by!! I am jealous, jealous, jealous !!!

26 Jun 2009 8:17pm

@Susan: Thank you Susan. However, I also have mosquitos, black flies, woodticks and many ohter bothersome bugs to contend with. You only have heat, sun, rain, and the odd hurricane force storm to contend with. I also am jealous.

eva from Rouen, France

wonderful shot !

26 Jun 2009 9:55pm

@eva: Thank you.

mats from Texas, United States

I like the way you compose the shot, showing us the reflections and the other greens around the family. Beautiful image.

27 Jun 2009 5:39am

@mats: Thank you Mats. Your words are to kind. Have a great weekend.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely capture..they never seen you coming..intimate...cool

28 Jun 2009 12:26am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you Marcel.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I also have mosquito's, ticks, flies, lizards, and no see'ums !!! No place if perfect, ey?

28 Jun 2009 1:08am

@Susan: I guess it's the same all over. No place is perfect. However, there is no place like home. Take care.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

very beaufitul " family shot"

28 Jun 2009 10:35am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you

Teatime from France

The life is realy beautiful!

24 Jul 2009 11:30am

@Teatime: Thank you. Yes it is.