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Common Pochard

Common Pochard
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-30 0:19
Viewed: 2565
Points: 24
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The Common Pochard, Aythya ferina, is a medium-sized diving duck.
The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill band. The triangular head shape is distinctive. Pochards are superficially similar to the closely related North American Redhead and Canvasback.
Their breeding habitat is marshes and lakes with a metre or more water depth. Pochards breed in much of temperate and northern Europe into Asia. They are migratory, and winter in the southern and west of Europe.
These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as Tufted Duck, which they are known to hybridise with.
These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants with some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. They often feed at night, and will upend for food as well as the more characteristic diving.
In the British Isles, birds breed in eastern England and lowland Scotland, and in small numbers in Northern Ireland, with numbers increasing gradually. Large numbers overwinter in Great Britain, after retreating from Russia and Scandinavia.

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Wonderful group of swimming Common Pochard covered wonderfully in focus with perfect detail and amazing natural colors friend Razvan. Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-30 1:37]

Hello Razvan,
nice capture and they are really cute playing in the water.
Good scenery and the details are lovely.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-30 1:45]

Buna Razvane,
Splendida realizare despre acest grup de pasari, felicitari!

Hello Razvan!
Fine scene, fine family snapshot. Superb scenery.
Excellent exposure and capture. Good contrast and sharpness. Fine lightness and colours.
Good note.
Well done!

hello Razvan
super good picture ,great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Buna Razvan,
Faina captura de rate. Culori excelente si detalii foarte bune.
Nu stiu unde le gasesti, ca prin Banat aceasta specie nu am zarit-o.

Hello Razvan
Beautiful photo with nice colours and good composition.
Regards Christodoulos

Hello Razvan,
A very vivid picture! I can almost hear sounds here! Good job!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

Ciao Razvan, lovely composition with beautiful quartet, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Razvan,
Très bonne valorisation des sujets dans leur environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-01 2:19]

Hello Razvan,
A great view of these two pairs of Pochards in beautiful light. Excellent focus on all four and details and colours are excellent.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Buna Razvan,
Desi imaginea nu e facuta de curand am remarcat si eu aparitia ratustelor venite din nord. Din pacate vremea nu mi-a permis sa fac o incursiune in natura asa ca admir frumusetea acestor inaripate aici pe site. Detalii si culori bune in aceasta captura.
Numai bine,

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