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A slight change of tack for this evening's upload.

Moving away from the Garden Birds which I have featured a lot recently and heading out on the water, to a lake at a local country Park.

This is a Male Pochard, one of the diving ducks that can be seen on our waters, and I captured this guy amongst a small group of Tufted Ducks with whom they tend to hang around with.

the creamy white colouration of the water was caused by the reflection of a structure in the lake, and I like the effect it has given and the way it shows the lovely deep chestnut colour of the birds head.

I hope you like this shot.

Phil

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 170-500
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Male Pochard
Username:phil_j phil_j
Uploaded:7 Mar 2009 - 7:19 PM
Tags:General, Wildlife / nature
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Alec1
Alec1  6 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 - 7:21 PM

Lovely shot. Nice colours and presentation.
Alec

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John_Wannop
John_Wannop e2 Member 954 forum postsJohn_Wannop vcard Wales
7 Mar 2009 - 7:22 PM

Stunning capture.

John

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geniehawk
geniehawk  7181 forum posts England
7 Mar 2009 - 7:23 PM

Stunning! Love the soft colours and creamy texture of the water. This must be seen large.

Jeannie.

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janty66
janty66  7 England
7 Mar 2009 - 7:25 PM

WOW. 1st class image, love it..

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twainey
twainey  5 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 - 7:28 PM

Cracking shot, love the low viewpoint..............Trev

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Yewtree
Yewtree  6 England
7 Mar 2009 - 7:28 PM

Lovely shot Phil

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 7:31 PM

Beautiful capture. Lovely composition and colours. Excellent low level point of view.
Steve.

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 - 7:38 PM

Super capture Phil
john

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 7:46 PM

Sensational use of DOF

Ian

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VinceJones
7 Mar 2009 - 7:57 PM

This is one great image Phil, I would call this perfection.

A real pleasure to view

Vince

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 7:58 PM

The background contrasts well with the detail of the duck.Excellent work Phil and the combination works well for me.
Tom.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 7:59 PM

The lovely red head of the Pochard helps to add punch to the shot Phil.Good eye contact and detail in the darker chest has been well held.
Ron

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Mewinty
Mewinty  6
7 Mar 2009 - 8:49 PM

Wow! This is a stunner of an image! Lovely details and textures. Melissa

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 9:01 PM

A superb image Phil, fine photography.
David

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 9:04 PM

Outstanding

Stace

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terry_cavner
7 Mar 2009 - 9:05 PM

WOW !!!!!!!

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SoulOfNature
7 Mar 2009 - 9:07 PM

A gorgeous shot,brilliant.

Jean x

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franken
franken e2 Member 123126 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 9:12 PM

One of your best.

Ken

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phil_j
phil_j e2 Member 8133 forum postsphil_j vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 9:14 PM

Many thanks to everybody for your comments so far, I appreciate them all.

Big thank you to Stace for your personal award, a real honour.

Phil

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jayjay52
jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 - 9:31 PM

Beautiful low angle. Very crisp, good capture.
Jenny

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 - 10:15 PM

Super image,like the low angle you've taken it at, nice eye contact too. Love it Phil. Shaun

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 10:51 PM

Excellent low-level shot, with accurate focusing evident in the clean & sharp detail.
Terry

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Terry L
Terry L e2 Member 10577 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 11:13 PM

Excellent capture for all the reasons already mentioned, just a shame it has been slightly over sharpened, as the haloing around the head slightly spoils it for me.

Regards
Terry.

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ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 11:56 PM

OUTSTANDING........ CLASS

Keith

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8 Mar 2009 - 12:33 AM

Eye level excellence Phil. Ron.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2009 - 9:17 AM

Lovely capture Phil,the colours are so very pretty.
I'm with Terry ref the halo,just spoils it a tad for me..bet it looks good in print though.

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phil_j e2 Member 8133 forum postsphil_j vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2009 - 9:25 AM

Thanks all.

Terry/Janet.

I've checked the large .tif file of this image and the halo isn't present so I wonder if this could be a result of the "save to web" compression in Photoshop.
Thanks for pointing it out though Smile

Phil

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peter_oak
peter_oak  9 England
8 Mar 2009 - 9:29 AM

Excellent shot.

Peter..

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2009 - 11:04 AM

Superb Phil - the colour of the water is perfect to show off the Pochards colouring.
Brian.

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phil_j e2 Member 8133 forum postsphil_j vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2009 - 11:26 AM

Big thank you to Peter for his award.
Phil

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2009 - 12:33 PM

A superb shot Phil in all respects, think I have caught up with your others too Wink
Geoff.

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maratsuikka
8 Mar 2009 - 6:34 PM

Congrats on awards,well done

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8 Mar 2009 - 7:49 PM

Stunning image, great use of DOF
Steve

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23 Mar 2009 - 7:11 PM

Pure class Phil, this is outstanding wildlife photography

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