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Male Pochard

By phil_j  
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.


Tags: General Wildlife and nature

Voters: Alec1, John_Wannop, Rubys_mum and 84 more

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Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 7:21PM
Lovely shot. Nice colours and presentation.

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John_Wannop 13 95 Wales
7 Mar 2009 7:22PM
Stunning capture.

geniehawk 11 181 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 7:23PM
Stunning! Love the soft colours and creamy texture of the water. This must be seen large.

janty66 10 3 England
7 Mar 2009 7:25PM
WOW. 1st class image, love it..
twainey 9 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 7:28PM
Cracking shot, love the low viewpoint..............Trev
Yewtree 10 England
7 Mar 2009 7:28PM
Lovely shot Phil
Beautiful capture. Lovely composition and colours. Excellent low level point of view.
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 7:38PM
Super capture Phil
iancatch 11 4 45 England
7 Mar 2009 7:46PM
Sensational use of DOF

VinceJones 13 862 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 7:57PM
This is one great image Phil, I would call this perfection.

A real pleasure to view

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
7 Mar 2009 7:58PM
The background contrasts well with the detail of the duck.Excellent work Phil and the combination works well for me.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 Mar 2009 7:59PM
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.
Mewinty 10
7 Mar 2009 8:49PM
Wow! This is a stunner of an image! Lovely details and textures. Melissa
7 Mar 2009 9:01PM
A superb image Phil, fine photography.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
7 Mar 2009 9:04PM

terry_cavner 13 332 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 9:05PM
WOW !!!!!!!
7 Mar 2009 9:07PM
A gorgeous shot,brilliant.

Jean x
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 9:12PM
One of your best.

phil_j 12 134 4 England
7 Mar 2009 9:14PM
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.

jayjay52 9 2 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 9:31PM
Beautiful low angle. Very crisp, good capture.
OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 10:15PM
Super image,like the low angle you've taken it at, nice eye contact too. Love it Phil. Shaun
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 10:51PM
Excellent low-level shot, with accurate focusing evident in the clean & sharp detail.
Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
7 Mar 2009 11:13PM
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.

ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 11:56PM

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
8 Mar 2009 12:33AM
Eye level excellence Phil. Ron.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
8 Mar 2009 9:17AM
Lovely capture Phil,the colours are so very pretty.
I'm with Terry ref the halo,just spoils it a tad for it looks good in print though.
phil_j 12 134 4 England
8 Mar 2009 9:25AM
Thanks all.


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

peter_oak 12 1 England
8 Mar 2009 9:29AM
Excellent shot.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
8 Mar 2009 11:04AM
Superb Phil - the colour of the water is perfect to show off the Pochards colouring.
phil_j 12 134 4 England
8 Mar 2009 11:26AM
Big thank you to Peter for his award.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
8 Mar 2009 12:33PM
A superb shot Phil in all respects, think I have caught up with your others too Wink
8 Mar 2009 6:34PM
Congrats on awards,well done
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2009 7:49PM
Stunning image, great use of DOF
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
23 Mar 2009 7:11PM
Pure class Phil, this is outstanding wildlife photography

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