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Red-crested Pochard

Red-crested Pochard
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 1:14
Viewed: 2882
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) is a large diving duck.

Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and southern and central Asia. They are somewhat migratory, and northern birds winter further south and into north Africa.

The adult male is unmistakable. It has a rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black. The female is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face.

These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as other pochards. They feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks.

Red-crested pochards build a nest by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8-12 pale green eggs. The birds' status in the British Isles is much confused due to the fact that there have been many escapes and deliberate releases over the years, as well as natural visitors from the continent. However, it is most likely that they are escapees that are now breeding wild and have built up a successful feral population. The situation in the Netherlands is just like in the British Isles. They are quite normal now.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-15 1:21]

Hello Peter,

Super Macro met een aantal mooie kleuren. Dus de snelheid van soorten heb ik niet gezien. Moet terugkeren naar Nederland. En zo mis ik dit land.
Een mooie zondag

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-15 1:26]

Hallo Peter.

Mooie foto van deze eend.
Kleuren passen helemaal bij dit jaargetijde.

Gr. Hans

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-15 1:27]

Hello Peter,
Indeed a beauty this Pochard. Very sharp all over and full of details. I like the reflection in the water. Bright colours and good compo. Good job.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter,

Beautiful shot of this duck.Lovely colors and good reflection in the water. Good detail.
Good capture and TFS


Great capture.
Good colours and details of yours picture.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-15 2:07]

Hi Peter

Is there anyone in the world who could not love this stunning petite duck?
That rounded little head, the beady red eye, and the charming features sure
played a major role in "love-at-first-sight" when I initially laid eyes on it some
time ago. This cutie you show us just adds to the pleasure I have in seeing
such a lovely specimen.

The almost (polished) metallic surface of the water ensures the Pochard is
well complimented. The colours are well saturated and the details are fine.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Peter,
that's fantastic, I love the moment - and those brilliant colours.
Also the ripps in the water and the blue reflection of the sky are beautiful.
Very well done, a perfect arrangement
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-15 2:23]

Hello Peter
Spelendid shot of this cute Red-crested Pochard with excellent details and composition.
TFS and R's,

Ciao Peter, beautiful pochard with fantastic colors, wonderful reflections, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Very good composition with good capture of the water reflexion
Good saturated colours

An expertly capture of a beautiful Pochard Peter, fluffing its feathers in the midst of its natural environment, among such pretty reflections. Very good study indeed!

Hello Peter,
a very fine picture of the beautiful diving duck.
You managed well with the exposure, the colours of both the duck and the water are rich and well saturated but still natural.
The picture is sharp with lots of details.
Well done, my friend.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-15 4:56]

Hi Peter.
A true explosion of colours and pin sharp details. Superb scene at whole and amazing image of the fine bird and scenery. My congratulations and TFS.

Hello Peter. Beautiful shot of lovely bird with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-15 5:14]

Hello Peter,
I like the preening pose of this male Red-crested Pochard that you took from a fine POV in great lighting to show its features with fine sharpness and colours. The water movement and the eye contact are superb!
They haven't become feral in Sweden yet!
Thanks and best wishes,

hello Peter

a great close-up photo of the Red-crested Pochard,
fine POV, fine focus with excellent sharpness and details,
excellent warm luminosity and colour tones, i love the contrast
between the water's one side warm colour tones and the other
side cold colour tones, TFS


Hi Peter
First of all I like the light nad interesting texture on water surface. Also good exposure, nice saturated colors and good sharpness

Hello Peter,

This is an excellent capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & lovely details. Great POV, pose & composition. Very well taken & TFS.


hallo Peter
hier ben ik weer,ik was het wel zat dat gedoe om TN te krijgen
maar we hebben er weer n staan
en die van jou is weer mooi scherp en goed licht
met mooie kleuren zo in het water
groetjes lou

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-15 8:51]

Wow, Peter, we feel the light when the thumbnail opens, it's almost a physical experience - in fact it is. The bright light is fantastic, adding to the superb colours of this duck. The water is reflecting the sky in perfect blue and the duck dances on the waves all around him. Beautiful!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-15 9:10]

Hi Peter,
Duck and a very nice composition ...
Sharp detail and vivid colors are great.
In particular, on the water, tiny fluctuations and reflections ...
Best wishes,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-15 9:17]

Hi Peter. You must of had such bright light in this fine close up of the Red-crested Pochard . The picture is full of bright warm colours. You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail. I like the ripples in the water and the refection . very well taken TFS.

Hello Peter,
Wonderful colours and details. Excellent sharpness and POV.

hallo Peter!
tres beau portrait avec des magnifiques couleurs!
tres bon details et POV!
a tres bientot

Hi Peter,

impressive capture of this cute red-crested beauty.
TFS and have a nice week MF!


Hello Peter,
what a fantastic portrait of the Red-crested Pochard taken from an excellent low POV with superb sharpness and bright colours, marvellous composition with spectacular reflections.
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-11-15 13:07]

Hi Peter
TRhat is a beautiful closed image.Excellent POV and razor sharp image.The plumage detail is amazing.Good light and lovely colors.I also love your subject pose .
TFS Michel

Hi Peter,

A superb closeup capture of the beautiful Pochard with colorful details!
The textures of the wings, are wonderful. I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors. Great composition!

best regards,

Hallo Peter,

een mooie warme foto van deze eend.
Mooi het zonnetje erop.
Beetje van bovenaf maar toch mooi oogcontact.
Prachtige warme kleuren.


Hallo Peter
Wow! The colours and detail of this Red-crested Pochard is bright and very striking, and the glance of the water highlights it even better. Lovely details and variation of colour in the plumage and that red-red eye stands out so well. The clarity of the image is great, and I really fancy the sunlight that turns the colours into magic. The ripples in the water are very pleasant to look at. Thanks for sharing and best regards.

hello Peter
very good crop and composition, the lighting very well managed and the output in colours fascinates,fine details!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Peter
Unusual POV and great color make this a fine photo...TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-16 1:10]

Hi Peter,
It's very nice and colourful image.Excellent POV and timing.
Have a great week,thanks for posting..

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-11-16 9:03]

Merhaba Peter,
ok gzel bir sunum, tebrik ederim.

Hello Peter
fantastic shot of this Red-crested Pochard, great pose, very beautiful colors and lighting and wonderful sharp details
I like also the golden water
Have a good night

Hi Peter
An excellent shot with the subject in an interesting pose - the golden light has brought out some wonderful colour and details.
Kind Regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-16 18:08]

Hello Peter,
The vivid colors immediately jump out at you when viewing this photo. Such a gorgeous duck shown in a pose that allows us to see it's beautiful plumage. Love the blue rippled water rings along with the brown and green section in the upper right hand corner!! Very fine detail with just the right exposure!!

Dear Peter!

Many thanks for sharing this magnificent picture with us! It simply is superb and has a great impact. The colours as well as the clarity and the brightness make this picture an outstanding one. The fine reflections - broken by the ring-waves - clearly add to the value of the picture.

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-22 6:32]

Hello Peter,
This is a lovely bird and it looks very cute here preening itself and swivelling around. Lovely light and colours and fine details too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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