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Red Crested Pochard

Red Crested Pochard
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-29 3:45
Viewed: 2970
Points: 20
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Red-crested Pochard
Netta rufina

This large Pochard, one of the Diving Ducks, is native to Europe and Asia. They inhabit mostly freshwater, prefering pools and deep protected areas along moving water.

In the breeding male, the head is rusty orange, breast black, sides white, wings brownish and the distinctive bill is red. In eclipse plumage he looks like the female but his bill remains red. The female has a dark brown crown and nape with pale grey on lower face and front of neck. Otherwise, she is dull brown. Her bill is reddish-brown.

They are unusual among ducks in that the drake will dive and bring food to the female during breeding season. Typical clutch size is 6-14 greenish eggs. Incubation lasts 25-27 days. They do well in captivity and mix well with other small ducks.

This photo was taken at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego.


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Grande nitidezza e buona compo.

Hello Manyee,
Splendid picture. I love this fine and colorful plumage. Perfect composition, sharpness, exposure. With best regards,

hi manyee,
nice shot,
well composed,
the water looks lovely,
well saturated colours,
excellent pov, nice dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Manyee,
A unusual and beautiful duck. I really like your choice of composition and framing here. Your fill flash exposure was perfect. Rich color saturation and tack sharp detail. Great shot!

Hello Manyee
What a great moment to shoot,
Very nice colors and lighting,


Hola Manyee,
Excelene toma llena de luz y color con gran nitidez. La composición es bellísima. Un cordial saludo

excellente capture, trčs bon coloris et originalité, nbonne netteté
bravo merci du partage

  • Great 
  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-29 20:56]

Hi Manyee,

Nice POV with an excellent composition!



ps My Orangutan wasn't near as nice as your portrait,...;-( but I'm glad I made the journey. I got to get a shot of a mama gorilla with her baby...;-) It was a nice day overall eventhough it was cloudy with very slight drizzle at times.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-29 22:04]

Hello Manyee

Absolutely beautiful plumage and colours on this duck.Well composed with an interesting POV.The catch light in it's eye is remarkable.TFS


Hi Manyee,
Good colors and compo.
Cute eyes these Pochards; excellent sharpness.

Hello Manyee,
this is a very powerful image with well saturated colours, lovely contrasts, well composed. Perfectly reduced, and very dynamic.
And I really love the contrast of shining water and soft furry feathers, and the blinking eye right in the middle.
Thank you for this refreshing and beautiful picture!
Best regards,

Manyee, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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