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Pochard Chick

Pochard Chick
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 52 mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-29 7:03
Viewed: 3424
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first new offspring I have seen in my local park this year. This chick, being the only one, was with its mother.The official population count of the Red Crested Pochard in the UK is onley around 100, so they may only raise one chick a year.

Red Crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Larger than a pochard, the male has an orange-brown head with a red beak and pale flanks. Females are brown with pale cheeks. In flight they show whitish primaries. They dive, dabble and up-end for their food. There is a large population in Spain and nearer but smaller numbers in France, Netherlands and Germany - and occasional wild birds may come to the UK from the Continent. The UK breeding birds almost certainly all come from escaped birds.

Where to see them
Found mainly in southern and eastern England, where breeding populations have become established following excapes from captivity. Occasional wild birds may occur in places like Abberton Reservoir, Essex.

What they eat
Stems, roots and seeds of aquatic vegetation.

Estimated numbers
Europe UK breeding - 100 adults

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To CaptiveLight: Pochard ChickDebz 5 05-04 04:43
To Heyshamite: Pochard ChickDebz 1 05-02 13:17
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-29 7:07]

Hi Debz,What a cute duck, great detail in the featers and warm colours. nice eye contact with a good compostion . well done. Good notes. TFS.


Nice shot Debz looks perfectly posed good detail in the eye nice catchlight what a beauty! best rgds Necip

Hi Deborah,
This is a so cute image!
I like so much your close aprproach, the light there, and all the magnificent details got on the little buddie.
Very good the offcenter composition, the reflection on the water, and the eye contact.
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-29 8:26]

Hi Debz,

Great shot of this really cute chick, lovely pose and a great POV, the detail of the downy feathers is perfect, the colours are lovely and warm and I like the eye contact too.

TFs Hilary :o)

Hello Deb,
This is a very cute capture of this little one. I like those details, exposure and colors in a good composition. I wonder why they always look like they are smiling or almost :) They must be happy birds. Thanks,

selam Deborah; what a cute and lovely pochard this is .nice colours and POV.especially good eye contact well captured with good sharpness.
TFS well done

Hello Deborah
Excellent shot of this Red Crested Pochard,
Great sharpness and lighting,
Fantastic focusing and composition,
Superb shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-29 11:06]

Hello Deborah,
Lovely shot of this cute little one in beautiful light. Great details and very nice colours. I like the colour and the gentle ripples of the water too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

very very cute and sharp, TFS Ori

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-29 11:43]

Hi Debz,

Beautiful shot of this adorable little chick. The expression is priceless. Wonderful furry details, gorgeous face, lovely colors and the water looks wonderful.


Very beautiful capture of this youngster, Deborah.
I like its very fresh young eye full of so much vitality.

Nice...Love the smooth water which contrasts well with the sharp chick. Photographed lots of the adults but never seen a chick...nice. Best, Brat.

Hi Debz,
Nature is ahead with 3 – 4 weeks in UK compared with Canada.
In my local Park there are a Canada Goose on nest for the last 6-7 days. I’m worry about it: is 3 ft from the trail.
Your picture is very good and interesting (as usual) and is of rare bird too.
TFS, Mario.

Beautifull shot Deborah.
Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Very pure and sharp shot. Well done. tfs. Stev

bonjour deborah
il est tres mignon et la netteté est tres bonne,il n'y a que le refet sur l'eau qui ne me semble pas tres naturel.

Witaj Deborah!
Sharp picture, in perfect colours. Beautiful frame.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-30 15:07]

Hi Debz

That is beautiful. I love the halo of feathers around the head, stunning reflection and great light. Nicely sharp, great POV and just very cute!



I like this, the lighting is good, bringing the detail out whilst adding that catchlight in the eye. The ripples also add to this...

Hi Deborah,
This is a chick I have not seen before. Bags of definition, sharpness good, over use of burn tool, with too small a brush size, on chest spoils it somewhat. Use 6 or 7% on Highlights and a brush size about 250. Stop when the burned out bit has just gone.

Hello Deborah,
I can see how proud he is, probably on his first swim ever..!
A well composed image with good details, the fluffy plumage comes out very well!
Pablo -

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