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Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-29 14:50
Viewed: 1944
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, this photo it is
from my spring 2007 archives,
I was 2 months old new with
my Fujifilm bridge camera.

Here is the history of this photo :
When first I saw this Hooded Merganser
I was at the other side of the pond,
I did an approach it fly-up, when I
saw him again in the pond I decide
to run up I did the tour of the pond
to come on this side and decide to double
the zoom of my camera becoming a digital
600mm zoomm in 35mm eq.

With the American Kestrel the Hooded Merganser
it is the most fearful bird I have seen.

1/1200s f/4.9 ISO200 66.7mm (35mm eq:300mm)
here the zoom was doubled becoming
a digital 600mm zoomm in 35mm eq.

Doubling the zoom it become digital
and i lost on the image quality,
on this photo I gived no cropping to
not loose more on the image quality.

from the All About Birds website

« “Hooded” is something of an understatement
for this extravagantly crested little duck.
Adult males are a sight to behold, with sharp
black-and-white patterns set off by
chestnut flanks. Females get their own
distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest.

Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds
and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish,
and other food, seizing it in their thin,
serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities;
the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the
forest floor when only one day old. »



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-29 14:53]

Hi Asbed,you pay a bit the distance talking about the size of the bird on the pic,but not talking about the details,beautiful like the reflections on the water,great contrast and nice composition too.Have a nice evening,Luciano

A very interesting bird Asbed. I've taken 2 or 3 shots of this type. Their headdress is georgeous. The only thing I would have done to this is cut off that shadow in the water in the top right-hand corner. I think that is would still be framed well enough. Nice colours and even the detail considering the distance. A very tranguil shot to enjoy. TFS Trevor

Hello Asbed, good morning.
Nice lonely bird!
good space utilization and the reflection of the trees is make it nice.
best wishes my friend.
Sorry, my smiley giving power is exhausted today.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-29 18:46]

Hello Asbed,
I have yet to photograph one of these little beauties. I know they occasionally visit my area, but I haven't seen any except flying overhead a few times. You must have been thrilled to view one in the open water like this.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-01-29 19:02]

I have a photo of a male and female together but it isn't as good as your. I had to do a lot of sneaking around to get it. I think you did well. TFS

Hi Asbed,
what a nice and sweet bird this is! Nice point of view. Very good composition. I like your presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Asbed, great capture of lovely duck with fascinating reflections, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Asbeb,
This picture is the symbol of 'Alone and Sad'.Nice POV.Excellent light and sharpness.You have done your best...to make it perfect.So credit goes to you.Well done.Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hi Asbed
lovely bird well framed on nice water surfce
like it

Hello Asbeb,
Here the bird is beautifully documented with nice clarity including its natural surrounding and a lovely impressionistic rendering to the BG is remarkable.
Kind regards,

HI Asbed
Very nice colour in both the bird and the water. Very nice reflections. Super clarity.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Asbed,
A great capture with nice colors, details & setting. Well presented & TFS...Mon Ami! Best wishes!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-30 23:00]

Hello Asbed,
A fine sharp capture of the male Hooded Merganser taken at some distance but showing good detail and natural colours while swimming on the surface. Nice composition too.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-02 5:05]

Bonjour Asbed,
Ai manqué quelques unes de tes images. J'aime bien celle-ci avec sa présentation minimaliste. Un oiseau spécial aussi, ce canard à la tête noire et blanche.
Bonne fin de semaine!

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