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Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-07 4:25
Viewed: 4147
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula

The tufted duck is a medium-sized diving duck, smaller than a mallard. It is black on the head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. It has a small crest and a yellow eye. In flight it shows an obvious white stripe across the back of the wing.

Drakes are glossy black with white sides. Their drooping crest extends from the back of the head. Females lack the white flanks, have smaller crests and are much brownerIt breeds in the UK across lowland areas of England, Scotland and Ireland, but less commonly in Wales, with most birds being residents. Numbers increase in the UK in winter because of birds moving to the UK from Iceland and northern Europe.

Where to see them
Found across the UK at most times of year. Look in suitable habitat such as a local reservoir, gravel pit or lake.

What they eat
Molluscs, insects and some plants.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-11-07 5:00]

Hey Deborah,
what a great portrait of this tufted duck. The yellow eye comes out really great . I like the angle under which you managed to 'shoot' the duck. Because the tuft is behind the head it almost seems like a bald tufted duck :-)

Hello Deborah
Wonderfyl shot of this Male Tufted Duck,
Perfect detalis,exposure and BG,Superb shot.

Good Luck

hi deborah!
very good picrure on this
fine bird,really sharp and
with fine exposure and good
well done!

Hi Deborah
Nice shot of this duck with really good details and clours.

Hi Deborah,
Very nice shot of this duck, great details of black plumage and excellent DOF
really well done

Hello Debz,
A great shot with good low pov!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
the exposure and focus is superbly done!
a very good composition indeed
all the best and TFS

Magnifique, les détails sont superbes et les couleurs très naturelles , la lumière est particulièrement belle.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-07 8:03]

Hi Deborah

Lovely shot - very good POV - the eye is wonderful,


Hi Deborah,
Funny duck captured with excellence.
great POV and comp
good detail

very nice and sharp, TFS ori

Hi Debz, beautiful duck with splendid yellow eye, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-07 13:12]

Hi Debz,

I just love the Tufted Duck and this one is a beauty.
The eye and the beak are amazing. Beautiful colors and razor-sharp details. A really nice shot.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-07 19:36]

Hello Deborah

A beautiful low POV with razor sharp focus and sharp details.
The lighting is well handled and the colours are excellent.
The eye detail is superb,and Oh the colour.
They look similar to Scaup .Lovely plumage detail.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-07 22:14]

Hi Deborah
Wonderful capture
Excellent sharpness,detail and color
tfs jon

hello deborah,
another beautiful post, the eye contact is lovely and the yello eye look great here, well composed shot, very nice pov, you have managed exposure very well here,
well done,
tfs & regards


Excellent shot. Nice colours and beautifully exposed. TFS

Deborah! This is an incredible shot. Your focus is so good. It sure gives us an eye full of details. Looks like he is sticking the tongue out?
I sure like the colourings on this duck. TFS.
Nice weekend to you.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-08 1:27]

The clarity in this shot is immpeccable!
It is so sharp and detailed!
You obviously take good care of your kit :)
+++ Very good focusing keeping that bright yellow eye perfectly in focus.
Excellent composition and POV.
Superb eye contact.
--- Nothing at all :)
Well done Debz,

p.s. there is a large group of Tufted Ducks in an old gravel pit near where I live. I often go there and I try to photograph these little ducks but I can't get anywhere near them because they paddle away whenever I get close.
Do you have any techniques on sneaking up on them or something?
Cheers :D

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-08 2:11]

Hi Deborah,
Splendid shot of this beautiful duck with awesome details on its shining plumage and nice colours. Superb lighting and exposure. The yellow eye shine and transfixes the viewers eyes. the rippled waters look fine and presents a perfect BG. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-08 9:36]

Hello Deborah,
We get plenty of Tufted Ducks here too. I think they'r great fun to watch. It's amazing how long their necks get when they stretch like this one is doing! Excellent capture in nice light that makes the plumage glisten. Great sharpness and fine colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Deborah.
Spendid shot! A true painting!
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Magnificent details and texture.
Congratulations for the wonderful work!
José Roberto

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-11-08 10:07]

Hello Deborah,

How could I miss this picture? Excellent sharpness, very good light and what an eye!
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-08 11:58]

Hi Debz. This is agian a very good close up shot of the duck from you. very good eye contact good use of the warm light to give good colours.fine detail in the fetahers. and a nice Low POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Deborah,
One of the best photographs I have seen of a Tufted Duck.
Very well done.
Best wishes,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-10 10:11]

Hi Debz

Perfect exposure on those difficult black feathers. I love the bright yellow eye. The low POV is perfect, it looks like you are in the water with it



Hi Deborah,
what an eye!
Very clear, well lighted, composed image in pleasant subtle colours. Interesting and pretty species that I cannot remember to have seen before. Looks quite exotic, funny and a little bit weird.
Thank you! My best regards,

Hi Deb!
Nice duck and great shot. The light you managed is ok and you worked fine both black and withe areas.

Well done and TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-14 17:54]

Hello Deborah,
Spot on exposure and focus gives us amazing plummage details and a very impressive eye to view. Great job Deborah, thanks for sharing.

Hello Deborah,
Good deatils in these 'blacks' and 'whites'...difficult subject as a matter of fact.
Well composed!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-18 23:41]

Hi Deborah,
Very good photo of this beautiful duck. Focus, sharpness, colors, POV and composition are very nice. The eye looks great. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Deborah,
it amazes me yet that in one of the world's largest urban areas you can still see animals like this pretty boy,that is a positive sign.Your photos give us all hope for our wild friends as they can adapt to our artificial world and flourish.Here in Canada we do have these ducks as well but I have yet to see one as they are fairly rare here.He has a vivid eye and your capture of him shows good detail,colour and focus. Thanks for giving us this view,I'm fond of ducks of all sorts. Bob

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