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Red-Crested Pochard *For Josh Lewis*

Red-Crested Pochard *For Josh Lewis*
Photo Information
Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-13 10:23
Viewed: 3416
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken today at Stocker's lake on a small meeting with Necip and Nick (nick27) again. The weather wasn't on our side for most of the day but the sun did appear and allowed me to get some shots of the many birds there. This Red-Crested Pochard was the highlight of the day for me and was one of three new species I have photographed - the other two were the Common Pochard and Egyptian Goose.

All in all a really great day!

Thankyou very much to Necip for putting up with me for a second time :-)

I have dedicated this one to Josh Lewis for being great friend through email and also fo his nice dedication to me.

I hope you like it!

Latin name
Netta rufina

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Larger than a pochard, the male has an orange-brown head with a red beak and pale flanks. Females are brown with pale cheeks. In flight they show whitish primaries. They dive, dabble and up-end for their food. There is a large population in Spain and nearer but smaller numbers in France, Netherlands and Germany - and occasional wild birds may come to the UK from the Continent. The UK breeding birds almost certainly all come from escaped birds.

Where to see them
Found mainly in southern and eastern England, where breeding populations have become established following excapes from captivity. Occasional wild birds may occur in places like Abberton Reservoir, Essex.

When to see them
All year round

What they eat
Stems, roots and seeds of aquatic vegetation.

Thankyou for viewing!

Proframe, Necipp, MMM, Juyona, Hil, jaycee, eqshannon, Luis52, SelenE, Tamrock, Miss_Piggy, NinaM, JoshLewis, rousettus has marked this note useful
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Another great close-up shot Joe.
Excellent square composition and very beautiful saturated colors.
Details are most wonderful and sharpness is perfect.
Great work and a real joy to look at. TFS!!!

Cheers and have a nice evening,


Hi Joe,
amazing shot. Perfect detail. Great colour and composition. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-13 13:00]

Hello Joe,
Your last close-up photos are so good! Also in this photo the details are really perfect. The clear colours excellent. Not easy to make a choice for a good composition, but this one is brilliant. Very good DOF.

Hello Joe I think we got back in the car minutes before the rain was wise decision. Nice close portrait I think we have similar viewpoints :-) Nice work, good tight composition rgds Necip

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-13 14:19]

Hello Joey
Beautiful portrait.Excellent POV and beautiful sharp image with excellent detail and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

Vas siempre rápido, como los insectos, de flor en flor jajajaja.
Tu toma preciosa, fregando lo romántico !! y con unos colores muy acertados.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-13 14:34]

Hola Joe,
agradable trabajo,
colores cálidos y hermosos...
bello retrato amigo.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-13 14:57]

Hi Joe

Superb shot of the Pochard
Nicely composed with a fine pose and a great POV
The details are nice and sharp and I like the water droplets below the eye
The colours tones are beautiful and warm.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-13 15:28]

Hi Joe

A great close-up shot - superb detail. Well observed and captured.


One thing I have noticed in your images such as this one...is your patience..and how closely you watch through the lens...and how you wait almost as a sharp shooter...just for the right moment, all things being hopeful preset...great image Joey!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-13 17:37]

Hi Joe.
This is another great and fine image My friend. Beautiful colors on feathers and in the eyes and bill too. Very well framed to present this Duck.
Saludos My friend Joe.

hello joe,
excellent closeup shot, the focus is spot on and the details are good, liked the eye contact very much, excellent composition and great dedication,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-13 20:45]

Hello Joe

Another beautiful portrait.
The lighting and colours are exceptional.
Wonderful sharp focus and detail.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
Great job.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-14 1:17]

Hi Joe,
Very nice close-up portrait of this red-crested pochard. I liked the details and colors a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

hi joe!
thats a very beautiful bird and
you shows it in a very nice way!
good work!

Hallo Joey
What a delightful and colourful image. I think all the details are just stunning and so clearly visible. This is indeed a WOW photo. A gorgeous waterbird which you presented in a very special portrait. The more I look at it, the more glamourous it becomes. Fantastic portrayal with excellent detail, perfect colours and depth of field with not a hint of noise anywhere. Excellent framing and superb focus.Thanks for sharing. I appreciated this one very much.
Kind regards

Hi Joe, superb portrait of a splendid pochard with wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-14 6:52]

Wow, Joey, you keep on amazing me! This picture is wonderful with so much details and great colours! You seem to have fantastic birds at the Stocker's Lake, what a place to go. You perfectly composed your shot in the frame, the details are wonderful to look at. It's a pleasure to the eye, thank you!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-14 9:06]

Hi Joe,

I would love to see one of these Pochards. Your close-up is beautiful with wonderful colors and fine details. The water droplets on his face are great. He has such a serious look on his face.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-14 10:28]

Hello Joe What a beautiful you have presented here. Fantastic and just amazing compo. Nice sharp image. Ganesh

Thanks Joey! I very greatly appreciate it! Its a big honor for someone to do that for me. Especially on a photo as nice as this one! Great job Joey! Nice eye for nature! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-15 11:28]

Hello Joe,
a nice close up of this bird. You got really close to catch all the wonderful detail down tho the smallest water droplet. The sharpness is very good and the colors look great.

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