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Male Red-Crested Pochard

Male Red-Crested Pochard
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-07 10:37
Viewed: 4610
Points: 104
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This was taken yesterday at my trip to Stockers Lake with Necip, Lawbert and Warnzy.
Although it was a very cold day with snow i had a very enjoyable day meeting other members of TN.
I look forward to other meetings on warmer days.
This Red-Crested Pochard was a Bird that i had never seen before which made the whole trip worth while.

Red-Crested Pochard ( Netta rufina ) Length 54-57cm.
This is a large and highly distinctive diving Duck.
The Female has subdued plumage compared to the Male.
In flight both sexes show striking white wingbars.
The Adult Male has a bright orange head that is rounded in appearance. The neck, breast, belly and stern are black, while the flanks are white. The back is grey-buff and the long narrow bill is bright red.
The Adult Female has a mainly grey-buff Plumage that is darkest on the back and above the eye. The bill is mainly dark with a paler pink tip.
The Juvenile resembles an Adult Female but the bill is dark.
It can be found in Britain and Ireland .
Red-Crested Pochards are usually found on large and well vegetated water such as flooded gravel pits, lowland lakes and long established reservoirs.

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Hello Nick
Cheer Cheer, Cheer again...
it is incredible... the colors are... Humm, one would eat some (joke)
thank you

Hi Nick
You were taking pictutes togehter with Necip and now you post them together ;-)Very nice shot of these beautiful duck. Perfect sharpness, good compo. Great field guide photo
Best wishes

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-07 10:48]

Hola Nick, muy buena, tiene buena luz, color y muy bien definida. Un saludo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-07 11:03]

Hello Nick,
Just like Paul and Necip a wonderful photo. You are great photographers. The light in your photo is gorgeous. Amazing colours and excellent sharp details. Beautiful composition.

Hi Nicholas,
beautiful shot with excellent sharpness and details.
Nice colors, too.
TFS Tatjana

Hello Nick,
Congratulations for this nice shot taken in difficult weather conditions (including for you hands!), but with a good company. The light on the head of the pochard is very beautiful. Excellent sharpness too as usual with your photos.
Best regards,

Hello Nick,
Nice to hear all the TM members are having a good time at the Stockers Lake!
This is a perfect image to me, absolutely stunning!
I loved the lighting in this total sharpness image with good colour and superb details
my compliment once again
best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-07 11:15]

Hello Nick,
Superb shot of this very beautiful bird that I've only seen once. You got a really nice close view here and show us razor sharp details and lovely colours. I like the contrasting green water too. Lovely!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Nick
I am pleased you made it home in reasonable time..I wasnt much before you due to an accident on the m11!!
It was great to meet you yesterday along with Necip and Mike..We shall to do something nearer to you next time.
Now for this Pigeon you have posted!!..Just about perfect..you caught the only bit of sun there was and really made a super sharp picture..Great work Nick.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-07 11:26]

Hi Nick,

Superb shot of the Pochard, nicely composed with a fine pose and a great POV, the detail is nice and sharp and the colours tones are beautiful and warm, the light on its head is superb. I like the way its keeping Necip's Pochard company.


Hi Nick, Super shot of this Pochard. The lighting and color as well as focus details are superb. Fine work, Tfs Richard

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-04-07 11:40]

Hello Nick,

Splendid composition, lovely colours, sharpness and clarity are wonderful, nice red beak and red eye.
Very well done.

Best regards,

A heart-warming, expertly capture of a beautiful bird Nicholas, TFS indeed my friend.

Hi Nick, a simply stunning image, faultless and quite amazing colours. The focus is excellent and the sharpness perfect. A great composition. TFS

wonderful capture ,beautiful colors and excellent sharpness!very nice composition.

Hello Nicholas,
Good work!
Sharp, blacks and whites are not respectively underexposed and overexposed.
Furthermore the Red-Crested Pochard is a photogenic duck.
Well composed.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-07 13:01]

Hi Nicholas!

It's interesting to hear that TN members meet for common trips. The result of that meeting is fabulous: your Pochard is a real beauty. The colours are superb, the richness of details is impressive.

Kind regards


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-07 13:10]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo y colores brillantes...
natural ambiente y genial foco...
saludos Nick.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-07 13:24]

Hi Nick,
I just looked at Necip's Red-Crested Pochard, yours is a very good shot too. Very well done and TFS

Hello Nick,
very very nice capture of a very very difficult subject
focus is just perfect, lovely natural colours and fantastic point of view,
very well done,

Hi Ulla, splendid pochard with fantastic colors, lovely composition with fascinating reflections and superb light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-07 13:58]

Hola Nicolas.
I told Necip that He had a very good company. 4 excellent photographers together.
Great image. very sharp and well framed.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-07 14:33]

Hi Nicholas,

Wow, what a great light on this fantastic pochard!
Great colours, beautiful catch light in the eye and I love to see the water runiing slowy on the beak!
So nice!!!


Hola Nicholas,
Estupenda foto, el nivel de nitidez y detalles es maravilloso. 10 puntos. Muy buena iniciativa en compartir salidas con mienbros de TN. Yo todavía no conozco a nadie personalmente, solo a otras personas de un foro argentino y la verdad es que se disfrutan mucho las salidas con gente que tiene la misma pasión que uno por la fotografía.

Hello Nicholas,
Great shot, Fantastic vivid colors, lovely light and superb sharpness, very good depth of field, nice clarity and excellent composition.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-04-07 16:07]

Hi Nicolas,
What a perfection! The light, colours, sharpness are superb.
Wonderful composition.

Hi Nicholas,
Stunning!! Awesome colors and details. I like the look in the eye and what I love in this picture is the Mercury coated feel to the water and absolutely soft and wax like texture on the bird. Is there a special way to do that...if it's not a trade secret :)?


Wow...well even though the weather was a bust, the images were great. If it had been perfect weather it might have thrown you off your game... double entendre ...Tres' bien my good friend and I have yet to see an image of all of you so I guess someone demured!?

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-07 18:18]

Bonsoir Nicolas,

Superbe canard. Bravo pour les détails et l'exposition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-07 23:11]

Hello Nick,
A superb capture of a male Red-crested Pochard taken from a fine POV with great sharpness and colours. Nicely composed too. I understand that this S. European species has become naturalised in the UK in the wild.
If I could get a shot of one that is as good as this when we go to Mallorca in a couple of weeks I would be very pleased.
TFS this beauty,

WOW ! Perfect sharpness and colors , good POV , TFS and good luck .

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-08 2:45]

Hi Nick,
wish i'd been there...definately next time. Perhaps they should all come down to Arne??
Superb colours and detail, great job!

Wonderful shot Nicholas.
What a great clarity and colors wich seem to pop out of my screen.
Superb sharpness and exposure and due to that the details in the feathers are most wonderful.
A real joy to look at. TFS!!!

Best wishes, Harry

Hello Nicholas,

Excellent picture of this pochard. Technically perfect. Great light and colours.
Very well done,

Hello Nicholas,
Excellent color, DOF, & exposure.
Sharp details, an excellent job on this one :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-08 8:17]

Hi Nick,

Yesterday must have been wonderful! The more I see of this Pochard the more I love it. Gorgeous shot with marvelous colors and excellent details. I especially like the head with the sun shining on it and the expression on the face. The beak and eye are a delight.


Hello Nick a fine shot of the same bird :-) good profile and nice light. Composed well. tfs rgds Necip

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-04-08 10:42]

Wow, what a beauty he is. Especially after looking at my recent post. Great clarity and sharpness. Love the color on his head, as if there is a spot light or he just came out of a beauty salon freshly dyed hair. Love his little expression kind of shy but very proud as the same time. You totally capture his personality. Thanks, enjoyed it.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-04-08 10:45]

Hello Nick,

Very beautiful Pochard, great colors and luminosity
We have quite a few of them here in our local zoo, they
are so beautiful, congratulations..



Pfffffffffffffff....what a colors. Very impressive and a perfect clarity. Sharp as a razorblade. Perfect details. Splendid composition. Interesting notes. Thanks for that. Well done. Greetings and TFS BOB

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-08 14:11]

Brilliant shot of this Red-Crested Pochard, Nick!
The colours of its plumage are stunning!
Great sharpness and there's a whole heap of detail.
Very good composition too.
Superb lighting.
Sorry I couldn't make the trip :-( I'm probably going this Sunday now, if you could come then it would be great but obviously you might not want to seeing as you have just been :-)

A really great image Nick!
Well done,


hello Nicholas

great shot of the Red-Crested Pochard, with a fine POV
and excellent DOF, i love the hard density of the colours,
specially at the head, the eye and the beak,
great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Nicholas,

Wonderful shot, light and colors are stunning! Thank you,


excellent capture, Nicholas, all features perfect. colors, lighting, sharp details, POV and eyes contact. I like very much this work indeed. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-08 23:17]

Hi Nick

A lovely shot - good composition and POV with good colour and excellent detail (there are literally thousands of these at Welney). Well observed and captured.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-09 1:48]

Woow Nico,what a impressive colours! I never seen a bird like that,it'a a spectacle of the nature,my best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty so perfectly,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Nic, It is a beauty :-). What colors! Great picture.
- Murali Santhanam

Witaj Nick,
Splendid shot. Tip-top sharpness. Excellent colours.
Moje gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-09 20:20]

Hello Nick,
Magnificent image with vivid colors and razor sharp details, just incredible Nick. Thanks for sharing.

Hola de nuevo Nicholas donde aprte del buen saber hacer del fotógrafo, supongo que esa lente y su estabilizador (IS) también participan. Una gran fidelidad en los colores y tonos como en tu siguiente fotografía de la ardilla. La luz es excelente y el enfoque en general es casi perfecto. Bien captado el ojo.
Un bello trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-14 0:31]

Hi Nick.
Simply amazing picture. I am impressed with terrific details. You managed to show every feathers and other tiny attractive details of the bird and nice ripples around it. Brilliant job. Bravo.

hi nicholas!
this is a very beautiful bird and
you shows it in a very fine way!
good work!

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