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A Pair of Tufted Ducks

A Pair of Tufted Ducks
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-05 8:05
Viewed: 2957
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tufted Duck. (Aythya fuligula)
Swedish name: Vigg

This is probably the most common species of Diving Duck. It breeds in most of C. and N. Europe along the coasts and inland lakes. It spends the winter in ice-fee areas of NW Europe and W Turkey.

It is a sociable species, occurring in flocks, sometimes very large and together with other species. This pair was part of a small group in the calmer water of the harbour of a small Baltic fishing village.

Though both sexes have a feather tuft on the nape of the head, that of the male is much longer. The female as shown here is generally brown. This male has nearly acquired his breeding plumage, the tuft nearly fully grown and the sides nearly totally white.

This was taken with my camera hand held at a distance of about 20 meters. After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened . It was converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Ciao Ivan, lovely couple of beautiful Tufted Ducks, beautiful natural colors, fascinating reflections, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-05 8:15]

Hello Ivan,
These duckies are very regular here, but I didn't have taken a very good shot of them. It's difficult to get sharp details in the whites and blacks of the duck at the same time. This is an excellent photo of male and female in a very nice pose with eye contact. Beautiful colours. Good DOF and composition.

Hallo Ivan
A very striking image with lots of vivid colours and wonderful detail that is clearly seen. Detail of these lovely ducks is just great and very eye-catching, especially their prominent eyes. This is a super image with great focus and point of view. Your note is much appreciated. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Ivan,
Lovely image with the two ducks. Very nice composition, excellent clarity and nice details.
Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice weekend!

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of this pair of the Tufted Duck, very good sharpness and colours, great eye detail, excellent POV and composition
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-02-05 9:27]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful pair of Tufted Ducks with fine colors and details. You show off the differences between the male and female perfectly with excellent notes to go with the picture. The yellow eyes are wonderful surrounded by the black feathers. Even the water is exceptional. Best regards,


Interesting photo with nice background colours and reflections. regards Yiannis

What a striking yellow eyes, indeed which take the viewer attention straight there! Impressive simple beauty! Good evening Ivan! Lovely image with moderate sharpness, fantastic natural colors and simplicity! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-05 10:49]

Hello Ivan,
These Tufted Ducks you create a nice composition.POV is spot on and the details. Clear and sharp. Lovely model too.I also like the blue reflections in the water.
Best regards Siggi

merhaba Ivan
I have been came back yet. nice to see again your posts.
this is very beautiful duck and the most common diving ducks together with Pochard, as you mentioned.
you nicely captured this pretty couple together. eyes contact wonderful. focus, POV/DOF and colors also very nice.
çok teşekkürler dostum. iyi akşamlar.

Hello Ivan!

Great shot of this nice species of ducks. I often wait for them. They are wintering in harbour of Gdynia ( my home town)

Well done!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-02-05 12:56]

Hello Ivan
Nice capture of this beautiful pair
Thanks for sharing

hello Ivan

beautiful photo of the Tufted Ducks with fine POV, DOF,
and framing, excellent focus sharpness and details,
and a very beautiful eye-contact of the first one (the male),



Ciao Ivan. Beutiful colours and intrigant blue spots on the water. Even if bit tender sharp - in my opionion - another interesting capture.


They certainly are most favorable with humans allied at twenty meters! The eyes of corse are the dominant feature, at least for me. For the middle of winter, this pair seems comfortable enough. Good showing why duck and goose feathers make a fine pillow eh?

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-05 16:04]

Hi Ivan.They seems so far from you and the sharpness isn't at the top...but i know how isn't easy to work whit the birds..ehehe...they don't love me in my country! Nice specie and composition,excellents transparences,reflections and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Ivan,
Nicely composed shot of this pair of duck. A sharp and detailed image with lovely colours, good composition taken from excellent POV. Well done!

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

A perfect case of extreme tele-close up photography which resulted in quite an artistic image Ivan, those blue reflections on the water and the yellow eyes have produced the best possible contrast within this fine naturescape, thanks indeed for sharing it my friend.

hello Ivan
very nice pose with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hello Ivan, fantastic capture of two duck, colors and sharpness very beautiful, regards, Paolo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-07 2:53]

Hello Ivan,
a beautiful pair, the colours are exciting. The yellow eyes are really fascinating. You have shown the two duck so well in details and colours.
what a cute view, and I have never seen this specie yet.
Thanks for that lovely presentation.


Hi Ivan,
Perfect species.
nice photo.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2011-02-22 9:58]

Hi Ivan !
The good photo of the pair of ducks, great colours and the sharpness, pretty blue reflections on water.
I am greeting

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