Red-crested Pochard by mamba

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Red-crested Pochard ( Netta rufina )
Taken at Lake Zurich, Switzerland.

Views per 28.03.2012 – 504

Top Ten Winner in the ‘Amazing Wildlife’ Group Your Best Duck Picture Challenge. January 2011

Top Ten Winner in the Ducks along our shores challenge in ‘Beach, River and Lake Treasures’ group. April 2010

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The Red-crested pochard is the largest of all pochards. Its size is about 57 cm /22 inches/. It has got rather big oval reddish-brown head with the red bill /drakes/ or brownish /hens/. Their neck and abdomen are dark brown, while there is a white area on both sides. The rest of the body is brown. Their legs and feet are dark. Their plumage may vary during the year. The young is brownish with the dark bill.

Netta rufina is distributed mainly in southern parts of Europe and Asia, but it also can be found in Denmark or in the British Isles. It lives in large lakes and slow flowing rivers. The nest is made from vegetation and placed on the ground.

The sexes live apart from each other, because the male pochard leaves the hen to care for the offspring. The hen usually lays from six to ten cream colored eggs. However sometimes happens that females leave their own nest and lay in another nest. This is the way, how they avoid bringing up their own ducklings.

The young ducklings can fly at the age of 7-8 weeks and are able to breed themselves the following year. The Red-crested pochard feed on small invertebrates, grass and other plants.


  • swaby
    swabyalmost 5 years ago

    OMG! What a beautiful duck Mamba! Beautiful capture too!

  • Thanks lots swaby. We both seem to have been busy today with the camera. It was sunny and warm with blue skies here (at last).

    – mamba

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 5 years ago

    An exquisitely beautiful bird.Lovely image

  • Many thanks indeed jesika. He really is cute.

    – mamba

  • 6strings
    6stringsalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanking you 6strings.

    – mamba

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttlealmost 5 years ago

    Wow, mamba, stunning detail; we certainly don’t have anything like that around here. What fun! AMR

  • Thanks very much AMR.

    – mamba

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...almost 5 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous !!!

  • Many thanks Esther.

    – mamba

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    A wonderful capture – - – beautiful!!!!

  • Thanking you kindly lorilee.

    – mamba

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Many, many thanks Trish for your comment.

    – mamba

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 4 years ago



  • Many thanks Pat for this feature.

    – mamba

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasover 4 years ago

    Really beautiful!

  • Thanks very much indeed artfulvistas.

    – mamba

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021about 4 years ago

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