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Unite - 300th posting

Unite - 300th posting
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 9:38
Viewed: 3337
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

This is my 300th post. Ive chosen a photo with a symbolic meaning: TN-ers unite. We are here to enjoy all the beautiful photos of other photographers and hope to get comments on our own photos.
I want to thank all the members for the response and encouragement I get on my photos. Everyone on his own way.
Ive learned a lot and Im still learning.

This is a Common Pochard (Aythya ferina). It is a medium-sized diving duck.
The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill band. The triangular head shape is distinctive. Pochards are superficially similar to the closely related North American Redhead and Canvasback.
Their breeding habitat is marshes and lakes with a metre or more water depth. Pochards breed in much of temperate and northern Europe into Asia. They are migratory, and winter in the southern and west of Europe.
These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as Tufted Duck, which they are known to hybridise with.
These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants with some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. They often feed at night, and will upend for food as well as the more characteristic diving.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-15 9:42]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on your 300th post and wish many more to come. My neighbor today. The duck seem to be in a acrobat mood. The reflection in the water and the ripples causing a good impression here. Ganesh

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-15 9:44]

Hi Peter,it's an honor to be the first to comment your 300th post! And an honor to be one of your friend...we walk a lot together here and in the fields..to found all the nature show us..and to learn a lot of unknown species.This pic is beautiful and a great symbol of what you think.Stay whit us along! Have a nice day and thanks for your work,LUCIANO

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-15 9:45]

Hola Peter.
Congratulation for you 300 photos here in TN. and I hope to see many more great quality work
As usual fine pose and exellent note too.
Saludos and Thanks for share my friend.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-15 10:02]

Hi Peter. many congratulations for your 300th poasting. I agree very mach with your notes about TN-ers unite . Once again a fine picture . i like the pose with the wing open wide. Many thanks to you and your help. I shall look forward to the next 300.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-15 10:09]

Hello Peter
Wonderful capture. Well done.

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  • avibram (120)
  • [2009-04-15 10:10]

I am new here but congrats on the 300th and the bird seems to also be clapping hands for you.
Nice posture @ reflection

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-04-15 10:13]

hello sir,
300 comes up with a beautiful picture. Let more pictures be coming from you.
Congrats for your triple century.

This is a beautiful and a highly creative picture. beautiful reflection seen.


Hello Peter,
at first congratulations for your 300th posting, i like very much the lovely posture of Common Pochard, very good sharpness and beautiful colours, very well done
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-15 11:18]

Hello Peter,
Congratulation for you 300 th post.
What a pose. Lovely timing to create a very interesting POV. Good clolours and sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

Hi MF Peter, Congratulations! on this great milestone and you selected a special shot of a beautiful conductor Pochard with great and lovely posture. i loved this one.
i also thanks a lot for your kind contributions to us. i learnt and also learning so many new bird species thanks to you.
All the best!


Ciao Peter, congratulations for your splendid 300th post on TN, lovely bird in fantastic pose, fascinating reflections, great light and colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-15 12:34]

Hi Peter,

Congratulations on your 300th post. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. A nice picture and sentiment to celebrate this milestone with. I love the pose of this Pochard captured with fine details and lovely colors. The reflection is wonderful.
Here's to the next 300.


Super photo and wonderful message. Congaratulations.

hello Peter, congratulations on your 300th posting with this perfect shot of a pochard.
Greetings from Cyprus,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-04-15 12:52]

Hi Peter,
congratulations on 300 postings. This is a beauty! Lovely timing and well composed too, very well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-15 12:58]

Hi Peter
Congradulation for your 300th posting.Nice capture with great pose.Beautiful colors to & interesting text to.I'm ready forward to a lot more posting from you.
TFS Michel.

Hello Peter,
an excellent catch of this cute pochard. Beautiful composition and detail as well. well presented to us.
tfs and regards,


Congratulations on your 300th post Peter, and thanks indeed for this superb Pochard imitating a "Maestro"! A fine composition in simplicity and broken down reflections, also good notes, somehow becoming a rarity in TN recently...

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-15 14:15]

Hi Peter, lovely and excellent action shot of a beautiful pochard with wonderful notes. Congratulation and thanks for all contributions to us.
TFS and G's,

Hello peter, superb shot of this beauty and congratulations on your 300th shot.
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter, thanks a lot for all of your postings and contributions to us. And this one is also great shot like previous ones.
TFS and regards,

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2009-04-15 18:29]

Hi Peter
Congratulations on 300 posts, a remarkable achievement with so many different species and fine quality images.Well done, this capture is no exception with nice light and natural color.
tfs jon

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-04-15 18:59]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on your big 300! This is a great shot and indeed
let's all unite to make TN better.. Very well done


Many happy return of the day, Peter!
We have seen your quality work with great pleasure and hope to continue with the privilege.
All the best to you for your next 300!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-15 22:00]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on your 300th post!
You celebrate the occasion with a well-timed fine capture of a male Pochard caught in a fine pose as he shakes himself in the water. The lighting and reflevtion in the calm water and the half frontal POV add appeal to the image.
I agree with you message on this occasion: we are here to enjoy and learn about nature and its photography and have made friends in this spirit. That is why I am on this site and I hope you will continue to be active for along time to come.
With my thanks and best wishes,

Hi Peter
Nice catch.Clarity is good and beautiful colors.
If you see reflections bird could well say that there are two birds in the mating ritual.
Good luck!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-04-15 22:17]

Congratulations Peter!

I hope we'll soon see next 300 from you :-) Very well taken photo with good note. You're right - let's unite and forget about other problems - this is site for nature lovers.

Hallo Peter
Wow 300? I've still got far to go. Contratulations and thank you for all your contributions to the site. You deserve each of your points over and over. You are an great photographer with lots of talent. Wonderful capture of this duck in a joyful mood. Your title is most appropiate and I am sure the spirit on the site will turn joyful once again before we know it. There are some wonderful photographers with just as wonderful personalities left, which will make it all well worth to stay at Trek Nature. As usual a pleasant presentation. I appreciated looking at this beauty.
Best regards

Congratulations for your 300th post and the beautiful pictures! This is a very nice choice to the anniversary, really picturesque image.
Best wishes,

Hello Pete,

Congrats! Very good accomplishment!
Thanks for sharing.

Keep Shooting.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-16 6:10]

Hello Peter,
At first Congratulations on your 300th posting. It's a funny picture and this is always welcome in these troubled times :-). I like the special pose,like a conductor and at first sight I thought it was showing its tongue (like Einstein), but this was just an illusion.
Thanks and take care

hallo Peter
HOERA-HOERA lijkt het wel of hij dat zingt
gefeliciteerd , ik hoop dat je er weer een heleboel mag maken vooral in het buitenland
groetjes lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-04-16 9:42]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting and impressive photo.Nice composition.
Congratulations on your 300th post.

Hello Peter, first things first great timing in the picture and the great time to post that too. Good composition, sharpness, colors and reflection. Wish the face was little more clear.

Hallo Peter,

Gefeliciteerd met je 300ste post hier op TN met een mooie foto.
Mooie pose en prachtige kleuren.
Heb hem ook op de foto staan.


Hi Peter
Congratulations on your 300th post! I like your symbolic photo very much Nice mirror effect, good exposure and nice composition. also quite good sharpness

Hello Peter
Congratulations for your 300th images on TN and thanks for all this beauties
you have taken this shot at the right moment with a wonderful pose of this duck
sharpness and colors are excellent, i like also the reflction in the water
very well done

Hello Peter,
and congratulations on the wonderful 300th post such as your others.

TFS, best regards,

Hi Peter,

Appologise for missing this but better late then never many congratulations on your 300th post! amazing shot of this Common Pochard, with a beautiful refelection, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Hello Peter,

Congratulations to your 300th photo,

excellent photo of the Common Pochard shot at the right moment,
fine POV and appropriate vertical framing, i love that in the photo
the reflection on water also is included, TFS


Hello Peter
congratulations on your 300th. great selection to celebrate.
great focus, timing, POV and reflection. I wish you many hundred posts from you here. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Peter.
I like the display of character captured in this shot. Lovely light and details with pleasing reflection in the frame.
Nicely rendered details and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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