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Common Merganser

Common Merganser
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-07 14:27
Viewed: 1972
Points: 22
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New specie in my gallery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Merganser (North American) or Goosander (Eurasian) Mergus merganser is a large duck, of rivers and lakes of forested areas of Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. It eats fish and nests in holes in trees. John James Audubon called this bird the "Buff-breasted Merganser" in his book The Birds of America.
It is 58–72 cm (23–28 in) long with a 78–97 cm (31–38 in) wingspan, and a weight of 0.9–2.1 kg (2.0–4.6 lb); males average slightly larger than females but with some overlap. Like other species in the genus Mergus, it has a crest of longer head feathers, but these usually lie smoothly rounded behind the head, not normally forming an erect crest. Adult males in breeding plumage are easily distinguished, the body white with a variable salmon-pink tinge, the head black with an iridescent green gloss, the rump and tail grey, and the wings largely white on the inner half, black on the outer half. Females, and males in "eclipse" (non-breeding plumage, July to October) are largely grey, with a reddish-brown head, white chin, and white secondary feathers on the wing. Juveniles (both sexes) are similar to adult females but also show a short black-edged white stripe between the eye and bill. The bill and legs are red to brownish-red, brightest on adult males, dullest on juveniles.

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Hello Razvan
beautiful photography, great timing to capture this Merganser in that pose.
Excellent sharpness and POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-07 18:49]

Hello Razvan,
The Common Merganser is such a beautiful bird, and your photo is definitely proof of that. Love the wild hair look and the natural coloration. Great work!!

I love the chosen low viewing angle in this image Razvan....Good day! Brilliant dept which separate the busy bird from the background flawlessly ! Very simple ...very nice!
George Veltchev

Interesting species and impressive photo Razvan! Very good timing, excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

wonderful moment and scene, your composition and the POV, very fine performance!
regards Razvan

Hi Razvan,
a well composed, sharp picture with good colour.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-03-08 6:57]

Hi Razvan

Very nice moment captured here! The bird is spectacular. The photo feels a bit tilted to the left. I really like your low point of view.


Hello Razvan,
This is a wonderful picture. Great timing to get this lovely action. Very well done.

Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fascinating reflections, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Razvan,
Très belle attitude du sujet saisie à l'instant décisif.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-03-09 14:02]

This is an excellent picture, this is the second time I coment it, Yesterday my comment was gone. This picture has a special light and composition. Congratulation.

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