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Ferruginous Duck

Ferruginous Duck
Photo Information
Copyright: Angelo Nardo (nardophoto) (9824)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-19 4:23
Viewed: 3688
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female subject.

The old name for this species was White-eyed Pochard but it was rightly considered that the reddish colouring of the bird's plumage was a more distinctive feature than the colour of its eyes. The deep mahogany-red colour is most obvious in the male but can also be seen in the female in good light. From a distance, a more striking feature is the white triangular patch under the tail. Some Tufted Ducks do show a similar patch, especially in late summer, but it is never as neat and contrastingly white as on a Ferruginous Duck. If you are in any doubt, then the peaked, almost triangular head of Ferruginous should clinch the matter. In flight Ferruginous Ducks look black and white like Tufted Ducks but their white wing bars look even more striking since they extend across all the primaries. The neater, more clearly defined white belly is another useful feature.

Breeds and winters on shallow, well-vegetated lakes, marshes and fishponds.

Scarce winter visitor, seemingly in fewer numbers in recent years. For the past few years a male has returned each winter to Lea Marston Balancing Lakes near Birmingham.
Widespread as a breeding bird in eastern Europe at most of the wetlands of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia, though usually in only small numbers. The largest numbers I've seen were at Kopacki Rit in Croatia.

The European population is estimated at 14,000-24,000 pairs. Russian population 500-1500 Turkish population 1000-3000.

I have used photoshop for levels, crop, sharpness and resize.

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This is a really nice shot Angelo. The catchlight in the eye brings the shot alive. Nice light, good colours and awesome reflection. Congrats!

Very nice capture Angelo of this beautiful bird. Love these different shades of brown. Very good sharpness, detail and colors..Nice reflection and the central comp. works well here IMO.
Great job.
Thank You!

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