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08-APR-2009 Hank v/d Velde

20090408 007 Red-breasted Mergansers - SERIES.jpg


Three images. Top, a male and two female Red-breasted Mergansers. The male is another first for me. I came upon these on a whim. On my way home for lunch, I checked my watch and decided there was time to make a little detour to check for migrants at a local park. I got out of my vehicle, camera ready, and just over a little knoll, there they were swimming in a little moat off the main pond. I got off about 12 shots before they swam away, then dove, then flew off. The three were seen for a few days, then the male made his choice and disappeared with the one female. The other female remains at the park waiting for a beau.

Male Red-breasted Merganser.

Female Red-breasted Merganser.

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S
1/1600s f/6.3 at 420.0mm iso640 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Dave Hawkins23-Apr-2009 01:56
Superb series Hank, love the crest on the male! perfect detail
tammie20-Apr-2009 01:51
Excellent series. I really like your commentaries about your shots as well. That is some wild hair they are sporting! And I had to chuckle about Janets comment about the lipstick...I thought the same thing! That and the females are "girlie" looking with the lipstick bill and dark eyeliner around their eyes! ~V~
Jean Chiasson17-Apr-2009 01:22
Fantastic series Hank bravo
Janet Forjan-Freedman17-Apr-2009 01:13
Great note and captures of this trio! I especially liked the light on the female's eye in the 3rd capture and the red glow of her bill that reminds me of lipstick.
Glenn Dean (Vatorman)16-Apr-2009 23:08
Great luck and shot results. V
Simon Chandler16-Apr-2009 20:57
Fantastic capture. Very cute. Great story. v
jychamberland16-Apr-2009 20:14
beautiful series Hank, well done.
Marco Valk16-Apr-2009 15:46
nice series, Hank. second merganser has a bad hair day, lol
Michel Jasmin16-Apr-2009 15:32
Good decision, you made a few good shot there.
Carol Rollins16-Apr-2009 14:05
Wonderful decision to take that detour Hank! Congrats on another first.
These are all three great shots and I love that second one! ~
Guest 16-Apr-2009 13:02
Excellent series Hank - very, very sharp. -Voted-
Guest 16-Apr-2009 08:30
Nice series, great catch, V!
Bryan Murahashi16-Apr-2009 04:15
Fabulous captures of these Mergansers.
January Grey16-Apr-2009 03:52
Whoa! An available female!? You need to tell 'Hoodie'! Beautiful birds! Love those eyes & those spiked hairdos! Fantastic series, Hank! V~
Guest 16-Apr-2009 03:25
Fantastic series, Hank Very well done. BV
Tom Munson16-Apr-2009 03:13
Another well done series, Hank! Great work!
Marcela Mejia Photography16-Apr-2009 03:03
Beautiful series, what a creative lunch time : ) !
Len16-Apr-2009 02:21
Another nice series Hank!!
Jim Coffman16-Apr-2009 02:18
Very nice series,Hank! Great colors.
monil16-Apr-2009 02:09
I love this bird.
Beautiful serie, good details and colors. v
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