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

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7 Mar 2009 7:22PM
Stunning capture.

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

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

7 Mar 2009 7:57PM
This is one great image Phil, I would call this perfection.

A real pleasure to view

Buffalo_Tom Plus
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 Plus
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.
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
9 2 2 England
7 Mar 2009 9:04PM

7 Mar 2009 9:05PM
WOW !!!!!!!
A gorgeous shot,brilliant.

Jean x
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 9:12PM
One of your best.

phil_j Plus
11 134 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.

7 Mar 2009 9:31PM
Beautiful low angle. Very crisp, good capture.
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 Plus
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 Plus
11 315 18 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 11:56PM

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
8 Mar 2009 12:33AM
Eye level excellence Phil. Ron.
chase Plus
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 Plus
11 134 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

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 Plus
11 134 4 England
8 Mar 2009 11:26AM
Big thank you to Peter for his award.
FeatherFriend Plus
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
Congrats on awards,well done
Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2009 7:49PM
Stunning image, great use of DOF
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
23 Mar 2009 7:11PM
Pure class Phil, this is outstanding wildlife photography

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