<< Previous Next >>

Common Pochard male (Brunand)

Common Pochard male (Brunand)
Photo Information
Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4, Digital ISO 400, Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-23 3:54
Viewed: 2874
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for all the nice comments of my previous post.

This Common Pochard is taken at the same time and place as yesterday's post.
I took this with a 300mm and a 1.7x converter, not the best combo for Inflight. :-)
But it turned out pretty good, Common Pochards are very fast fliers.
This is a rather funny bird, in a flock of Common Pochards there is usually one female with 6-10 males busy courting the female.

Some info from Wikipedia.
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.

For a another verson Click Here

Source and more info in different language here

anel, CeltickRanger, maaciejka, energypolice, ramthakur, Pitoncle has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To robertcolino: Nikon d7100ellis49 1 04-24 09:33
To ramthakur: be backellis49 1 04-23 09:08
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-23 5:14]

hello Gert,
Wow..how well done! Beuatiful colors too and a perfect frozen flight. Just great!!

another fantastic flight capture, TFS Ori

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-23 5:53]

Hi Gert,fantastic in flight capture like your last,the quality is really high whit the best details and colors in the best exposure too,very very difficult work,i dream to do the same one day...ehehe...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Gert

You are the master of the ducks and geese
in-flight photos, you are showing once again
your art by this superb close-up shot of the
Common Pochard in its high speed flight,
with great focus, sharpness, and details.

Talking about your lens equipment of 300mm and
the 1.7x converter, this passed winter I was
at the Great Gray Owl photo, and one time the
Owl it passed almost over my head, at my left
they was a photographer with his D300s + 300mm
and + a 1.4x converter, when the Owl it passed
almost over our heads, with my short focal
length lens having a large field angle I had
the photo, that guy also had the photo, but he
told me that the wings where cut because the
Great Gray Owl it passed very close to us.

Here (copy and paste to see it)
the link of my photo I am talking :




  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-23 6:56]

Very fine flight image of this Pochard..good details. tfs.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-23 7:05]

Hello Gert,
High quality in all aspects. Fantastic sharpness, details and splendid natural colours. A pity that there is a sign of PP above the head. I think for blurring the background. But the photo is brilliant.

Hallo Gert
Super sharpness and good details of this ducky
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi Gert,
what a nice bird in flight. Excellent sharpness and details.Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,


  • Great 
  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-23 8:14]

Hi Gert,
Perfect capture of flying duck.
Nice colours and good details.
Regards Jiri.

A very good image with good sharpness and excellent colours.


Hello Gert,
Excellent photograph of flying Common Pochard, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and outstanding lighting.

Wow, that's a super in-flight shot of a Common Pochard, Gert!!
Once again, the bird is frozen into an extremely sharp and colourful image with every detail on it sharp and clear.
Thanks and regards and keep them coming!

  • Great 
  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-23 9:03]

This is a great picture with a great composition! Congratulation and thanks for sharing it. Saludos.

Ciao Gert, great capture of Common Pochard in fantastic fly, Perfect focus on eye, excellent clarity, fine details splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Gert,
Excellent photograph of flying Common Pochard, excellent sharpness and details.
What is your opinion about nikon 7100?

Bonjour Gert,
Très belle publication à laquelle je préfère tout de même ta précédente.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Lovely shot with wonderful details and colors

Calibration Check