Red-crested Pochard ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Small (11.2" x 8.0")

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Gene C. Reid Park ~ Lake/Pond Area
Tucson, AZ 2010
Canon Powershot sx10is

The Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) is a large diving duck.

Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and southern and central Asia. They are somewhat migratory, and northern birds winter further south and into north Africa.

The adult male is unmistakable. It has a rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black. The female is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face.

These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as other pochards. They feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks.

Red-crested pochards build a nest by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8-12 pale green eggs. The birds’ status in the British Isles is much confused due to the fact that there have been many escapes and deliberate releases over the years, as well as natural visitors from the continent. However, it is most likely that they are escapees that are now breeding wild and have built up a
successful feral population. They are most numerous around areas of England including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Wild birds occasion successful feral population. They are most numerous around areas of England including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Wild birds occasionally turn up at places such as Abberton Reservoir, Essex.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture!! Excellent color and detail! What kind of camera do you use!!

  • Sit down and DON’T laugh… I shoot with a Canon Powershot sx10is P&S…..That’s it……Thank you very much (you may stand and giggle now)

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 5 years ago

    nice red head !

  • LOL, Thanks Judy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • gdanen
    gdanenalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome, Kimberly! Love the bold head and the light on it…

  • Much appreciated Gerry, thank you Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsalmost 5 years ago

    another amazing looking bird

  • Again my friend ~ Many thanks!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • gdanen
    gdanenalmost 5 years ago

    Hey, don’t call me “sir” ok? Makes me feel old… :-)

  • LOL, Soory honey (is that ok?) I am southern born & bred as well as prior Military………It is in my blood ☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • gdanen
    gdanenalmost 5 years ago

    Oh no, not military… Did my 18 months compulsory service in Holland…
    OK, call me what you like. Not really sensitive about it. ☺

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Kim, You are lucky to have so many different waterfowl to capture in your area. The Zoo has improved their selection over the years.

  • It has a bit, still small comparatively speaking. However I did enjoy seeing the ducks! Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayalmost 5 years ago
  • Thank you Yannik! Great effects…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    I have a giant brain in here, & I’m thinking profound thoughts. Thus spake Pochard as he posed. Such a fine fellow, SO well caught. What a look. A beauty!

  • It was almost as if he knew what he had to do…….“this is my best side” says he………lol!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Kimberley!

  • Thank you very much Barbara!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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