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Mrs Pochard


Mrs Pochard
Photo Information
Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-16 0:58
Viewed: 3520
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Pochard at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From birdguides:

Pochard (Aythya ferina)

In: Common Pochard Ca: Morell cap-roig Da: Taffeland De: Tafelente Es: Porrón europeo Fi: punasotka Fr: Fuligule milouin It: Moriglione Nl: Tafeleend No: Taffeland Pt: Zarro Sv: Brunand US: Common Pochard Ru: Красноголовый нырок

Identification
The male Pochard looks as if he has a black body but most of this is wrapped up in a copious pale grey bandage. His rich red head is also distinctive. Female Pochard can be harder to identify, but there is usually at least a hint of grey brown on their mantle and flanks and their faces usually show pale blotches, especially in front of the eye. In flight, both sexes show uniquely grey-brown wings, paler across the flight feathers.

Habitat
Breeds on large reed-fringed lakes. Winters on lakes, reservoirs and in sheltered bays.

Migration
Numbers in western Europe are swollen in winter by visiting birds from further north and east.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-16 6:21]

Hi Pekka
I like it very much, in my country it's hard to take good photos with any species of ducks.Well done.
Regards.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful pochard bird. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-16 6:44]

Hej Pekka,
I think you must have enough bird pics soon to publish a new book on English birds!! It's amazing how many species you've shown us and this is a very fine one too! Great focus on this female looking beautiful in the sunlight.
Great sharpness and lovely colours too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-16 10:13]

Hi Pekka,

A nice sharp shot of Mrs. Pochard with a lovely expression on her face. The face, eye and feathers are beautiful with fine details. I love the water with the gentle ripples and nice reflections.

Jane

Hi Pekka, lovely female too, fantastic reflections and splendid colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Pekka

very beautiful photography of this beautiful Lady,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful warm luminosity,
great sharpness and details of the plumage, the little catch-light
brings alot to the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS

Asbed

Hi Pekka,
Excellent capture of this Aythya ferina, good POV and DOV, sharpness and fine details.
TFS. Greetings. Ferran

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-16 16:28]

Hi Pekka

Great low pov combined with very fine detail. There are thousands of male pochards at Welney this time of year, but 99% male - the females go to spain.

James

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-16 20:12]

Hi Pekka,
Wonderful shot of this elegant Pochard wading in those waters. Very neat and sharp image and I like the details and effects on the water. Perfect lighting, POV, DOF and composition.
TFS.
Sumon

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-22 3:39]

Very good shot, Pekka!
Superb clarity and detail.
Great DOF.
Nice light too.

Well done,

Joe

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