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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-15 1:18
Viewed: 3996
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Pochard drake at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From birdguides:

Pochard (Aythya ferina)

In: Common Pochard Ca: Morell cap-roig Da: Taffeland De: Tafelente Es: Porrón europeo Fi: punasotka Fr: Fuligule milouin It: Moriglione Nl: Tafeleend No: Taffeland Pt: Zarro Sv: Brunand US: Common Pochard Ru: Красноголовый нырок

The male Pochard looks as if he has a black body but most of this is wrapped up in a copious pale grey bandage. His rich red head is also distinctive. Female Pochard can be harder to identify, but there is usually at least a hint of grey brown on their mantle and flanks and their faces usually show pale blotches, especially in front of the eye. In flight, both sexes show uniquely grey-brown wings, paler across the flight feathers.

Breeds on large reed-fringed lakes. Winters on lakes, reservoirs and in sheltered bays.

Numbers in western Europe are swollen in winter by visiting birds from further north and east.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-15 1:26]

Hello Pekka,
A very nice portrait of a male Pochard taken from a great POV that shows all the features with excellent sharpness, eye contact and lighting. The composition and colours on the water are great too.
TFS this beauty,

hello Pekka

excellent close-up photography of the Pochard shot
with fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent luminosity,
beautiful colour tones, excellent contrast,
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-15 7:33]

Hej Pekka,
This is a very fine close capture of the male Pochard with great focus on the lovely red eye and the fine beak. Beautiful colours and a nice background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-15 9:26]

Hi Pekka,

This Pochard is beautiful. The face is wonderful with the striking red eye and the two-tone bill. Lovely colors and sharp details. He seems to be swimming and partly submerged in the water. The composition is superb.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-15 9:45]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice image.Excellent POV and very sharp image whit great details .Colors are very nice and details are very good.Nice catch light in the eye.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Pekka lovely pochard with fantastic red eyes, splendid reflections, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-15 23:42]

Hi Pekka

A nice shot of this pochard - I like the low pov - it works really well.


Hello Pekka
a great capture for beautiful male Pochard with colorful plumage. Great focus, POV, composition and eyes contact. colors and reflection also superb. Thanks for sharing it.
I also saw a female just before this evening.
good night my friend

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-18 13:46]

Hi Pekka,
a very good shot of this Pochard.
The lighting is perfect.
Superb DOF.
Well composed.
Sharp and clear.

Well done,

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