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Common Pochard

Common Pochard
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Copyright: ulf eriksson (UlfE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-04-27
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-11 8:02
Viewed: 2065
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) which is a diving duck. As usual the photo is taken in the area along the Fyris River south of Uppsala.This is not the river itself but a small lake/pond. The grey relections on the water are bare trees.
This is a male. Males have rost coloured heads and necks and in spring bright red eyes.Females are brown. It is a medium-sized duck of length of 42-49 cm. Despite its name is not very Common in Sweden. About 1000 breading pair in Sweden. The Common Pochard feed mainly by diving. They eat aquatic plants, molluscs, insects and small fish. Common Pochards are migratory and spend winter in Southern and Western Europe.

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Hej Ulf,
Jag får alltid googla på de latinska namnen för att få reda på vad det är för fåglar du visar oss. Alltid lär jag mig något på det. Detta är alltså en brunand. Som vanligt har du fångat den med perfekt skärpa och ljus. Jag tycker den ligger väldigt djupt i vattnet. Är den på väg att dyka eller är den proppmätt och tungt lastad? :-)

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13702 W: 295 N: 27475] (110381)
  • [2014-05-11 11:57]

Hi Ulf,
nice the view as the presentation of the duck with the details to are captured superb.I like the light and the colou management of the image as the clarity of the scene.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11904 W: 126 N: 21539] (110347)
  • [2014-05-11 14:20]

Hi Ulf,a perfect pic for treknature too..ehehe..what a magnificent capture of this beautiful pochard,the quality is absolutely fantastic,great sharpness and colors,the red eye detail are truly greats!! I like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hej Ulf,
Jag var också tvungen att googla på denna fågel... Jag tror knappast att jag sett någon brunand här i Göteborg så det är desto intressantare att kunna specialstudera den här fina bilden. Den är otroligt detaljrik och fin.

Good evening Ulf,
Never knew there are so much of a difference between ducks, but it is notable on this picture, I can make the distinction.
Fine brown color of its head, reflection on water and the marvelous grey/blue tones.
And the great culmination of your photo is the water-drops that remain on its feathers. (could not find a better phrase about.)
Best regards,

Hello Ulf,

I love the clarity and focus in this image.The duck full of life and colors are so bright.Very well done.Keep sharing.Best of luck.

Have a great Sunday,

Hello Ulf,
Very nic capture of this cute duck in her element with nice mirroring effect.
TFS and best regards

Hi Ulf,
Lovely reflection and therefore I think you should have named the picture ´”Common Pochards” or in Dutch: Tafeleenden, (tableducks?) They also live in Holland although I can remember that I ever saw one.
Groet Rob

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