Male Tufted Duck on the edge of a reedbed at Chew Valley Lake, south of Bristol; 18 Mar 2013.

This species is a common waterbird in the UK.  Rather than moving in close for a portrait – which I was completely unable to do – this picture shows the bird in a typical habitat.

Many male ducks (drakes) have beautifully coloured plumage, while the far duller plumage of the females (ducks) reflects their need to remain concealed on the nest while incubating their eggs.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

13 Responses to ARCHIVE 229 – TUFTED DUCK

  1. Meanderer says:

    He looks wonderful amongst those lovely golden reeds 🙂


  2. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    I think it’s interesting to see images of animals in their environment. Lovely photo of this little fellow.


  3. I love the composition 2/3 reeds and 1/3 marsh with the lovely duck!!


  4. One of my favourite ducks to watch 🙂 Really nice composition Adrian!


  5. What a gorgeous shot. You are an artist with a camera lens! You take the “ordinary” (although part of me would never call a bird ordinary) and make it exquisite. You have a gift! Thanks for sharing it with us!


  6. paula graham says:

    Nice, my friend, Nice.


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