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Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-13 0:39
Viewed: 2114
Points: 22
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, is a medium-sized diving duck with a population of close to one million birds.
The adult male is all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name. The adult female is brown with paler flanks, and is more easily confused with other diving ducks. In particular, some have white around the bill base which resembles the scaup species, although the white is never as extensive as in those ducks.
The only duck which is at all similar is the drake North American Ring-necked Duck, which however has a different head shape, no tuft and greyish flanks.
The Tufted Duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
The Tufted Duck breeds widely throughout temperate and northern Eurasia. It occasionally can be found as a winter visitor along both coasts of the United States and Canada. It is believed to have expanded its traditional range with the increased availability of open water due to gravel extraction, and the spread of freshwater mussels, a favourite food. These ducks are migratory in most of their range, and winter in the milder south and west of Europe, southern Asia and all year in most of the United Kingdom. They will form large flocks on open water in winter.
Their breeding habitat is close to marshes and lakes with plenty of vegetation to conceal the nest. They are also found on coastal lagoons, the seashore, and sheltered ponds.
These birds feed mainly by diving, but they will dabble. They eat molluscs, aquatic insects and some plants and sometimes feed at night.

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Exelente ángulo de disparo Razvan. Me endcanta también la paleta de colores frios del conjunto. Buena visión del espacio y encuadre de libro"".
Un saludo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-13 1:40]

Hello Razvan.

A cute capture of this little duck.
Your picture is nice of shrpness, even in the white part are details very well to see.
Great shot.

Gr. Hans

Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely duck, splendid sharpness, beautiful colors and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Razvan,
A photo with a high content of environmental sense. (cold environmental sense) very good work of composition and luminosity conditions set wings. Good job!

Buna Razvan,
O frumoasa ratusca avand culori si detalii foarte bune.
Pe la noi au cam disparut de pe baltile care ingeata repede la temperaturile coborite de afara.
Un weekend placut!

Ciao Razvan. Another well composed taken with good contrast and very good details. Low light but interesting colours result.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-13 10:19]

Hello Razvan,
Great point of view in this fine image showing its splendid yellow eye and feather tuft. Great work Razvan, thank you.

Salut Razvan,
Alta pasare de apa care n-a scapat obiectivului tau si ai rausit o imagine la fel de buna ca si cele anterioare. Ai detalii bune si culori naturale.
Numai bine,

hello Razvan,
magnificent duck, beautiful winter scene and composition with great photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-13 23:20]

Hi Razvan

We have many of these ducks wintering here. Great low pov with excellent eye contact.

Best wishes


Hello Razvan
very beautiful shot of swimming male duck, with nice focus, eyes contact, composition and colors. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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