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Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck
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Copyright: Doug Brown (dB_grafix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 9 N: 624] (3019)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-E, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 22:30
Viewed: 3202
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This duck is a very rare sighting around here.It is said by the birders around that it came here on a wind direction change and is now among some of the scaups on the area.
Normally from Eurasia, there was many enthusiasts coming into the estuary to see this duck.

Here is the wiki explanation.

The Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligulaThe adult male is all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name.The Tufted Duck breeds widely throughout temperate and northern Eurasia. It occasionally can be found as a winter visitor along both coasts of the United States and Canada. It is believed to have expanded its traditional range with the increased availability of open water due to gravel extraction, and the spread of freshwater mussels, a favourite food.
These birds feed mainly by diving, but they will dabble. They eat molluscs, aquatic insects and some plants and sometimes feed at night.

jusninasirun, maurydv, SelenE, eng55, JPlumb, Maite, Alex99, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hello Doug. Nice shot in spreading wings. Excellent sharpness of this timely capture with pleasant crop. regards. Jusni

Spettacolare momento di cattura, ottimi POV e composizione, eccellente nitidezza, molto belli i particolari dell'occhio e del becco, bellissimi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-05 23:10]

Hi Doug,
Beautiful capture! Colors, details, pose you captured and lighting are very good. Well done and TFS
All the best,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-05 23:14]

Hi Doug,

A nice and colorfull capture,well timed with lots of colors and great colors,tfs


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-06 0:50]

Hi Doug,
Beautiful timing and capture.Eye contact,details and sharpness are excellent.Thanks for posting.
I'll be back soon:)

Hi Doug, it is always great when you can capture a rare find like this, and what a capture. I like that stopped motion you have with the duck lifting himself out of the water, and with those spread wings. The detail even with this action is excellent. I like how you caught not just the wing, but excellent detail on his chest and head, and that great yellow eye. The composition is excellent with the bird well placed in the frame. Depth of field is good, even at f/4.5 you've picked up decent detail and great colour from that water.

Thanks, John

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-06 7:39]

What a marvellous capture, Doug!! What a great timing to shot at this beautiful duck! This is like a work of art, with such a marvellous sharpness, fantastic POV, good DOF and really beautiful composition.
Superb job!
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-06 9:38]

Hi Doug.
You have captured a very impressive scene with great timing. I like a pose of the duck so much as well as the POV. Colours of the image are amazing, details and sharpness of the bird are perfect and composition is blameless. Bravo.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-06 10:41]

Amazing picture of this Duck.
caught in an excellent action ..the eyes of the bird has come out very well

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-06 11:44]

Hello Doug,
Great timing in an excellent quality. Very beautiful!

hello Doug

very beautiful shot of the Tufted Duck on his open wings pose,
very fine POV, DOF and framing, great sharpness and details,
i love this kind of shot of the ducks, TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-24 19:22]

Hello Doug

This is a beauty.
The pose and composition is excellent.
Wonderful colours and lighting.
The details and focus are sharp.
Great job.


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