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Red-Crested Pochard

Red-Crested Pochard
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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: 2005-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, ISO 400 JPG, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Juveniles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-28 3:48
Viewed: 3371
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A family of Red-crested Pochard at Hanningfield Reservoir nature reserve.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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.
The Red-crested Pochard is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-28 3:52]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice capture f a Family of Red-crested Pochards with a fine sharp view of the male and a pleasing BG with the female and ducklings.
TFS this delight,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-28 4:07]

Hej Pekka,
How lovely to see these beautiful ducks with their young ones! xcellent capture, very sharp and lovely colours. I like the POV and the composition too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-28 4:31]

Hi Pekka,
nice capture of this family group, all well placed in the frame with great colours, detail and lovely lighting on the water too, well done.

Hello Pekka,

Lovely and perfect capture of this cute family of Red-Crested Pochard. Splendid details, colours and framing. Well done friend! TFS.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-28 7:18]

Hi Pekka
Nice presentation.Good POV and excellent DOF that did permit to capture the hole group in focus.Good text to.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-28 7:41]

Hi Pekka,

These Red Pochards are just wonderful and it's so nice to see the family shot. This is the season for babies! The little ones are adorable. Nice colors and details of all of them.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-28 14:07]

Hi Pekka
Exellent composition and image
very well done.

A lovely shot of this extended family Pekka. Very nicely chosen POV and excellent details!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-28 20:59]

Hello Pekka

A beautiful shot of this pochard family.
The focus and sharpness are excellent.
Great use of lighting ,the colours produced are well saturated and natural.
Wonderful pov.


Hi Pekka, lovely family with fantastic colors, fine details, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-29 14:03]

Lovely photo of this family of Red-Crested Pochards!
The ducklings look just like Mallard chicks!
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent DOF.
Brilliant colours too.

Well done, Pekka!


Hello Pekka. Very nice family gathering. Pleasant sharpness and detail in a good composition. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Dear Pekka,
Great family gathering, and I add your work to my theme "Juveniles"

The adult is beautiful, and the natural colours do enhance the image superbly.
The reflections add interest.

Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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