Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Pochard (male)

The glorious Pochard (Aythya ferina). 
The male shown in all the images below is strikingly colourful, as opposed to the female which is mainly a dull brown with pale flanks.

We get a large influx of Pochard in Autumn from Eastern Europe from October through to March.

Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 300mm(600). 1/500 at f8. ISO320.








Note the image below where the eye displays a black bar across the middle. I have noticed that they do this momentarily. The Tufted Duck also does this.



26 comments:

  1. You've captured some beautiful images here Roy, he's really 'showing' well in that lovely lighting (was that the rare thing we used to have called sunshine?)
    Strange that eye bar thing, any idea what causes it...a reflection maybe? I tried Googleing it but drew a blank!
    Love the last shot!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes it was a rare event all of a few minutes I seem to remember.{:))
      No, I couldn't find out any more at the moment. Must be some kind of automatic thing that happens like the woodpecker when he starts drilling, his eye covers over, with a film I think.{:))

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  2. wat een heerlijke serie van deze prachtige eend,wat een kleuren ,het is dan ook heel mooi gedaan.

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  3. Fabulous colouring on his head - I could hardly make out his eye at first glance!

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    1. Thanks Alison, its the yes that go first.{:))

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  4. Lovely photos of the Pochard, Roy

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  5. Hi Roy

    These are stunning photos your Pochard looks very much like our Redheads, I believe they are related. What glorious colours.

    Guy

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  6. Hey Roy.. Beautiful duck they are, and those eyes!!
    The face straight on shot made me chuckle!!
    The last is a cool one!!

    Grace

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  7. Hi Roy,

    These photo's are absolutely fabulous! So much details, wonderful colour and sharpness. I'm really impressed! WoW.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Marianne

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  8. Wonderful series of this table duck. You have to shoot him quite beautiful up close and beautiful in the light. So you see how beautiful his bright red eyes. Real class!

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  9. Gorgeous duck and beautiful photos!
    I love the male's head when in breeding plumage!! :)

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    1. Thanks Noushka. Its such a rich colour.

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  10. Now tell me. Wasn't that a fun photo shoot?

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    1. It was Steve. They are not usually close enough.{:))

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  11. Stunning! Looks like our Redhead Duck (we like simple names :-) Your photos are so sharp and clear and detailed....really wonderful!

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