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Red-crested pochard


Red-crested pochard
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-05 8:11
Viewed: 4497
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-crested pochard
Netta rufina

This large Pochard, one of the Diving Ducks, is native to Europe and Asia. They inhabit mostly freshwater, prefering pools and deep protected areas along moving water.
In the breeding male, the head is rusty orange, breast black, sides white, wings brownish and the distinctive bill is red. In eclipse plumage he looks like the female but his bill remains red. The female has a dark brown crown and nape with pale grey on lower face and front of neck. Otherwise, she is dull brown. Her bill is reddish-brown.
They are unusual among ducks in that the drake will dive and bring food to the female during breeding season. Typical clutch size is 6-14 greenish eggs. Incubation lasts 25-27 days.

Photographed today at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust in Arundel, Sussex.

vanderschelden, thor68, earthtraveler, Arjun, gerbilratz, dejo, wallhalla15 has marked this note useful
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Hello Michael,
Nice close up.
Like that sharp red eye
TFS
Annick

bonjour michael
un tres bon piqué sur la tête du canard,dommage que vous ne vous soyez pas placé plus au ras de l'eau pour prendre cette image;
laurent

Hi Michael,
Fine portrait of this Pochard
Great color and POV
nicely composed with good focus details of the fine feathers
TFS and the interesting note
Richard

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-05 9:34]

hi michael ,
xcellent picture...from far it looks as if the head is cut and kept on a table..clear and sharp pic.
tfs

fabulous detail and sharpness to the feathers and eye....you could almost touch it!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-11-05 10:18]

what a wonderful and clear portrait! :-) beautiful strong colors and terrific details - the red eye is great.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-05 11:35]

Hello Michael,
What a beautiful portrait!
Fantastic sharpness and beautiful colors
Regards, Dejan

Hello Michael
this is a great shot. Great sharpness, very good POV and wonderful colours. This is great composition. Thank you.
Gr.
Heinz

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-05 22:45]

Hello Michael,
The light and colors on that head are just fantastic.
What superb details.
Quite a portrait!
The red eye and red bill really add to the dramatic appearance of this fabulous duck.
TFS. : )

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