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Red-crested Pochard


Red-crested Pochard
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/4000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-20 2:50
Viewed: 87
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo taken close to the place where I live.

The Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) is a large diving duck. The scientific name is derived from Greek Netta "duck", and Latin rufina, "golden-red" (from rufus, "ruddy"). Its breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and Central Asia, wintering in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. It is somewhat migratory, and northern birds winter further south into north Africa.

The adult male is unmistakable. It has a rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black. The female is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face. Eclipse males are like females but with red bills. They are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as common pochards.

They feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks.

A wheezing veht call can be given by the male. Series of hoarse vrah-vrah-vrah calls can also be heard from females.

Red-crested Pochards build nests by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8–12 pale green eggs.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Very nice details and colors. This a beautiful and colorful specie.
Marius.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely Pochard, nice reflections, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 329 W: 12 N: 89] (9577)
  • [2019-06-20 7:28]

Yes the depth and crispness are both with amazing colors the setting that is surprising is this
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/4000 seconds and here I think of ISO.
Beautiful shot, TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6442 W: 89 N: 15589] (65224)
  • [2019-06-20 9:56]

Hi Peter,beautiful species,one of the most colorful of the world,i like the bright colors and the excellent sharpness too. have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the Red-crested Pochard. The light is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.

Pierre

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