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Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-09 0:25
Viewed: 3020
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, is a medium-sized diving duck with a population of close to one million birds.
The adult male is all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name. The adult female is brown with paler flanks, and is more easily confused with other diving ducks. In particular, some have white around the bill base which resembles the scaup species, although the white is never as extensive as in those ducks.
The only duck which is at all similar is the drake North American Ring-necked Duck, which however has a different head shape, no tuft and greyish flanks.
The Tufted Duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
The Tufted Duck breeds widely throughout temperate and northern Eurasia. It occasionally can be found as a winter visitor along both coasts of the United States and Canada. It is believed to have expanded its traditional range with the increased availability of open water due to gravel extraction, and the spread of freshwater mussels, a favourite food. These ducks are migratory in most of their range, and winter in the milder south and west of Europe, southern Asia and all year in most of the United Kingdom. They will form large flocks on open water in winter.
Their breeding habitat is close to marshes and lakes with plenty of vegetation to conceal the nest. They are also found on coastal lagoons, the seashore, and sheltered ponds.
These birds feed mainly by diving, but they will dabble. They eat molluscs, aquatic insects and some plants and sometimes feed at night.

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Hi Siegfried,

I think you have not only nature pictes from Italy or am I wrong?
This one are also an good picture with low piv and god dof.
Fine colours, but I think a little to dark in the darker feathers.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-09 1:35]

What a great timing my friend,isn't easy and unusual to capture a duck in this curious and humorous position..eheh...perfect pic as usual,the details of the eye are impressives! My greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Siggi,
you have captured the duck in a fine pose, it's aslo well composed with a nice low POV.
But it's a bit dark and I think you have over sharpen it, as we clearly can see the bright halo around the duck.


Hahahaa, morning-exercises ;-)
Hallo Siggi, dieser Moment ist ja erstklassig.
Mir geflällt auch das markante Auge, sieht aus wie ein Fruit-Loop ;-)
Außerdem eine schöne Wasserspiegelung, schon fast künstlerisch. Gefällt mir sehr gut, danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very well striking captured of this Tufted Duck, Siggi! Congratulation for that achievement! The image, however has some strange color cast in my opinion, but I thing this can be easily adjusted. Well done Siigi! Good job today in my view!
George Veltchev

Ciao Siegfried. Perfect focus and sharp against the fascinating environment. Low light but best colours results.


Hello Siegfried,
a spectacular capture of the Tufted Duck, very good sharpness and splendid contrast of colours, excellent POV and nice composition with beautiful reflections.
Best regards

Hello Siggi,
This is a very nice scene taken with excellent details of the face and plummage, good POV and sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-09 6:03]

Excellent image, lovely details and colors and that eye steals the show. I wish composition could be better with some more space in front. tfs.

  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-05-09 6:29]

Really nice Siegfried, beautiful graphic design of the duck in the water, I love the lines and contrasting black patterns of this beauty. He's a ballet dancer!


PS: so sorry, no more smilies for today! Count my comment as smily please!

Hello Siegfried,
Wonderful capture with nice details and excellent focus.
The composition is great and the colours of the water amazing.

Hello Siegfried,
Fantastic pose, fantastic colors, a picture taken "Just at the right time ".... Good work, happy week.

Ciao Siggi, great capture of lovely duck in nice pose, wonderful reflections, fine details, splendid sharpness and beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-09 12:05]

Hi Siegfried. The orange eye ring stands out from the black and whites of this Tufted Duck, You have captured a unusal pose with its leg in the air. Taken with good detail . I like the refections in the water. well taken TFs.

hello Siegfried
very nice picture wit great sharpness
beautiful colours and good details
greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-09 12:46]

Hello Siggi,
What an unusual pose you managed to capture, I don't believe I have ever seen one quite like it before. Excellent detail and exposure and composed in a fine and attractive manner. Love the excellent eye contact you managed to capture as well as the the rippled reflection in the water.
This is one duck that reminds me of our Ring-necked ducks, except for the tuft of feathers on it's head. Great work!!

Hi Siegfried,
Beautiful bird. Lovely and funny pose. plaisant soft light. Perfect POV, DOF and composition. I love this shot.
Yet 3 little nits if I may.
- white halow all around the bird.
- some dirt on your lens.
- maybe an overuse of noise reduction and/or sharpening.
Don't get me wrong: brilliant shot anyway.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-09 14:08]

Hi Siggi,
What an excellent capture and timing,great colors and perfect sharpness.TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-09 20:28]

Hi Siggi,
Great photo of this Aythya fuligula male!

beautiful artistic pic, greetings Ori

Hello Siggi
very nice pose of this tufted duck, fine composition and very sharp details on the bird, i like his eye, very contrasting with the black feathers of his head
a great capture with good timing
Have a good night

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