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Red-crested Pochard

Red-crested 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: 2012-02-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-08 14:54
Viewed: 2478
Points: 16
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) is a large diving duck. 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. These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as other pochards. They feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks.

Red-crested pochards build a nest by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8-12 pale green eggs. The birds' status in the British Isles is much confused because there have been many escapes and deliberate releases over the years, as well as natural visitors from the continent. However, it is most likely that they are escapees that are now breeding wild and have built up a successful feral population. They are most numerous around areas of England including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-08 14:56]

HI Razvan,magnificent capture from a low pov close to the water surface,i like the perfect details of this spectacular head and the reflections like a lot of underscores! Have a good night and thanks for share,Luciano

what a vibrant colored pochard! Love this and droplets on his back. Great shot my friend

Buna Razvan,
Da, se vede ca speciea aceasta minunata a iernat la noi...este o fotografie cu detalii si culori minunate, claritatea in focus, pasarea parca ar fi linga mine, e asa de natural, felicitari!

A very pretty duck. She has a distinctive head, as befits its name.

Buna Razvan,
O captura foarte reusita,claritatea excelenta.Culorile sint de exceptie si detalii reusita.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-09 4:10]

Hello Razvan,
very well detailed shot. The head is so exciting to see.
Excellent sharpness and detals.


Nice capture of this Red-crested Pochard with great clarity, colour and POV.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-09 9:17]

Hi Razvan,

This is a very natural shot. Good colors and a vivid representation of this beautiful duck.


Bonjour Razvan,
Une très belle lumière restituant de délicates couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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