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Red-crested Pochard

Red-crested Pochard
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-27 5:34
Viewed: 5167
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another from the day trip to Zurich. At lunch time one of the best places to veg out is the edge of Lake Zurich, along with a lot of locals enjoying the cool of the lake edge and the veiws out to the mountains beyond.
As you would expect any urban water it has a large population of swans , mallards and coots all begging for bread from those having there sandwiches our in our case chunks of swiss bread and cheese a washed down with cool beer (Heaven). Amongst these more usual beggars were a couple of pairs of these which were new to me and required the book to name them as Red Crested Pochard ( Netta rufina ) . the map in the book shows these as being found across europe but only in localised comunities, mainly on the southern mediterainian, but a couple of small areas in centeral europe and another in northern Germany and southern Denmark.Breeds in amonst vegitation on islands on fresh water and brackish lakes with plenty of reed cover.
As you can see from the image the water of Lake Zurich is crystal clear you can see down beyond 4 -5m (12 - 15ft) loads of fish feeding on the crumbs the were missed by the ducks
for this one very little realy only a crop and sharpen.
A surprisingly difficult shot to get because there was contant movement because the large swans kept butting in, by ether bullying their way through or just being in shot.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-06-27 6:56]
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Hi Rob,

This is a good shot of a lovely duck. I always think ducks are underestimated on TN. I like ducks a lot. This morning my gf unfortunately killed a mallard. This duck tried to pass the motorway we were driving on(we were driving 80 kms per hour and couldn't avoid her) and came under our left wheel. So sad ... :(
Details are good and exposure is very nice. Composition is strong. Is the focus on the head a little soft or is it just me?


Robert, this is a great photo. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. TFS

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-28 6:38]

They are a nice looking duck, we have plenty at Buahy Park...I don't know how well they are distributed in UK.

Nice composition Rob, I think the bird is soft in focus, perhaps he was moving.

Nice shot.

Its a beautifull duck, Robert. Very colorfull. The focus is a bit soft around the head but its a minor nit. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-29 17:51]

Robert, i like the effect upon the water here.

Great composition and pov. A beautiful bird.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-05 9:29]

Hello Robert!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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