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The Red Eye of a Pochard

The Red Eye of a Pochard
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM, Digital ISO-200, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 1:39
Viewed: 3811
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's the head shot I promised. I was taken aback by that striking red eye! I wonder what the purpose of the colour is?

I hope you like this one!

The Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) is a large diving duck.

Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and southern and central Asia. They are somewhat migratory, and northern birds winter further south and into north Africa.

The adult male is unmistakable. It has a rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black. The female is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face.

These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as Pochards.

These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks.

Red-crested pochards build a nest by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8-12 pale green eggs.

The status of the Red-crested Pochard in the British Isles is much confused due to the fact that there have been many escapes and deliberate releases over the years, as well as natural visitors from the continent. However, it is most likely that they are escapees that are now breeding wild and have built up a successful feral population. They are most numerous around areas of England including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Wild birds occasionally turn up at places such as Abberton Reservoir, Essex.


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Great Netta rufina! Awesome duck! ;)
nice pic!


Stunning portrait of this duck, the details and clarity on this bird is superb, I like the way the water looks almost painted on...nice work,

Hi Joe
Very nice portrait. Unusual POV. I like tight crop and black frame.
Best wishes

Hi Joe, great portrait of splendid Pochard with wonderful red eye, superb colors, excellent sharpness and lovely details, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe,

A beautiful portrait capture of this lovely Pochard with splendid focus, wonderful colors, great light and excellent sharpness! TFS.
Have a nice weekend friend!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-23 4:42]

Hola Joe.
bello retrato y detalles,
color y pov, agradable iluminación.

Hello Joe Kellard ,
Nice shot with warm colors, Superb shapness.
Very useful note also, Thanks for sharing. Best regards. Nadeem Khawar.

Thanks for realising your promise with this magnificent portrait Joe, and TFS indeed my friend.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-02-23 6:05]

hi Joe,
joli sujet coloré , ça change des canards habituels. Bon travail sur la mise en cadre, le format et la couleur sont adéquates.


Yes the eye is just off enough in colour to clash with the head...and what a large head. I suppose if you live in an area where birds such as this are more common, you would think not much of it..but there are some birds whose appearance are vary much larger than life..such as a puffin. Who in the world could ever forget what a puffin is..and same might well be said for this species of canard...well done just as you said it would be yesterday!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-23 8:52]

Hi Joe,

A magnificent head shot!!! The red eye is truly amazing but the color of the head is also. Fantastic colors and excellent details of the face and feathers. The background could not be better.


I had shot this bird when i was in Netherlands and i can tell for sure that this is a very cute bird and you have done extremly very well here too :-).
The colors , sharpness and the exposure is spot on

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-23 9:27]

Hello Joe,
Your last capture of this beauty was terrific, this one is superb - what else can I say!
Three cheers, Ulla

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-23 11:03]

Bonjour Joe
Très belle prise de vue rapproché, excellents détails, netteté et couleurs. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 13:38]

Hi Joe,
Splendid close-up shot and the red eye really does look striking. Nice colours and details on the silky plumage and magnificent lighting. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-23 14:18]

Hola Joe.
Wow. What a great image of this Duck You have here. Nice and sharp, I like the colors of his eyes. He is also very well combed hair.

Hello Joe,
Excellent closeup shot indeed!
the best portrait with sharpness, wonderful colour and details
always well done

Hello Joe,
Very nice close up, fantastic colors and superb details, excellent sharpness and great light, he really does have beautiful red eyes and you did a great job to capture it!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-23 21:39]

Hi Joe,
This is definately a WOW, close up the details and colors your camera work has captured are phenomenal my friend, thanks for sharing.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-23 23:34]

Hello Joe,
Amazing detail with your perfect focus. outstanding exposure and very true colors.TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-23 23:34]

Hi Joe

Great close-up with excellent detail and colour.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-24 5:17]

Hello Joe, what an incredibly detailed image! I love this composition, the colors are great and the light is fantastic. You've done a great job! Thanks,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-24 8:19]

Hi Joe,
Very nice portrait of this Pochard. Colors, POV, and details are lovely. TFS
Best wishes,

Quelle belle prise, superbe close-up magnifiques détails, très blles couleurs.

Fabulous close-up - - - great lighting!!!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-25 9:18]

Joey, I am taken aback at the head colour and everything in this picture. Every time I open a picture in your gallery, I feel something, either surprise, laughs, joy or "de l'émerveillement"! I feel all of this now looking at this duck's picture. The feathers look like a soft hair, the colours are shining and superb in this fantastic light. Thanks!


What an amazing bird! Its orange color is impressive and you did a great composition with excellent details and exposure. I love its red eye a lot :) Well done!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-25 11:00]

Hi Joe

I do like the look of these with their big orange heads and red eyes. Lovely close up shot with fine details



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-26 9:27]

Hello Joe

This is absolutely stunning.
The lighting is warm and illuminates the duck's face well.
Excellent rich ,well saturated colours.
The eye and plumage detail is super.
Great POV and composition.


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