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Common Pochard

Common Pochard
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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: 2012-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-05 3:10
Viewed: 2275
Points: 16
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Pochard, Aythya ferina, 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, with which they are known to hybridise.
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 up-end for food as well as the more characteristic diving.In the British Isles, birds breed in eastern England and lowland Scotland, in small numbers in Northern Ireland with numbers increasing gradually, and sporadically in the Republic of Ireland. Large numbers overwinter in Great Britain, after the birds retreat from Russia and Scandinavia.

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nice winter pic, TFS Ori

Nice portrait of this duck. The contrast of the duck and the white of the ice is great.

Salut Razvan,
Frumoasa rata....Specie pe care nu am intalnit-o inca in Banat.
Detaliile si culorile sunt impecabile.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-03-05 6:22]

Hello Razvan,
Very fine capture of this male on ice. Excellent POV, pose, WB, sharpness, colours and composition.
Not often we see themout of the water!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-05 7:13]

Hello Razvan,
Excellent photo of this Common Pochard in this pose. Great sharpness, details, low POV and composition. Beautiful natural colours. The background of ice is gorgeous.

hello Razvan
verygood picture with many details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Buna Razvan,
Excelenta fotografie despre aceasta rata, culori si detalii frumoase, claritatea la fix, felicitari!

Hello Razvan,
A Beautiful capture against the white BG!! Excellent focus on the eye, good DOF, colours, light balance and POV.
Best regards,

Hello Razvan,
Extraordinary photography, excellent sharpness and great POV.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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