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Red Crested Pochard

Red Crested Pochard
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-11 15:22
Viewed: 4160
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust in Arundel, Sussex (as usual).

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-11 15:25]

Hi Michael, I've seen a few of these in Bushy park, I think they look like David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust days :-). Very nice picture and good note. Well done.

Great shot Michael! Excellent color, details & good POV. I ordered nearly the same lens. A Canon 75-300mm EF IS USM F4.0-5.6 lens.. Looking forward to see what it can do. Anyway, very nice, TFS!!

Nice shot Michael.
It's a beautiful duck with vey good colours.
Good details. compostion and very good note.
Well done.

Michael, you are the King of the duck posts. Everyone is different and splendidly portrayed. Excellent job. Keep it up

Nice shot Michael,
Nice detail, good composition and good colours.
Thanks for posting

Good shot,Michael!Pochard seem very cute
I've send a workhop just for give an idea,hope you'll like it...

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2005-02-12 17:14]

Very,very nice photo.

Nice shot and good colours, the beak is unfortunately out focus, and the subject is too centred.
Well done.

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