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Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-300mm zoom USM For sale, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-12 8:09
Viewed: 3739
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Male Hooded Merganser.

Not much time was allowed to capture these ducks. They are very shy. Just as I pulled up to the little creek where they relax, camera ready, settings set and zoom at 300mm, I had two seconds to compose, I pressed the shutter and it was taking off.

Hope you like this one.
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Hi Mike.
Even though this is blurred in places,I really like it.
It has a very arty quality about it.The blue greys all merge together in stark contrast to the black and white head.The belly and legs have a comical,almost cartoonish look about them.Very amusing shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-12 8:22]

Hello Mike!
Wonderful capture.It looks like a cartoonfilm charater.POV,eyes and visual impact are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Mike.
This is a very good picture of this shy bird.
The motion blur is very nice. The colours are nice.
But I know why the are so shy for you, I sneaked after you and took a picture that explain´s why you have problems to shoot these birds, I post a WS.:
Very well done, my friend.
I cant post the WS,;-((

No time, I'm in a hurry - This bird seems to be saying.
It's so lovely, I like it very much. Thanks
Sabine - wisnugaruda

I Mike, this is a good action shot. It is cool to see how everything is blured except the face. You followed it nicely. Not bad at all for a fast "get ready & shot". I think your camera had a good pattern in its head for the focus this time ;)
Regards, Felipe.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-12 10:31]

Hi Mike!

Good work! This bird looks really terrified ;-) I like its dynamic pose and perfect timing. Not often seen on TN, I like it of course.

Hello Mike!

This wonderful shot definitely shows the haste that he used in trying to get away.

Nice action, details in the face and water, POV and lighting very good.

Poor little guy probably got a look at you...

Thank you for sharing.

Very good action shot Mike. And quick on the draw :-) Well done on the composition and details. Thank You.

Hello Mike, that´s a great action shot. I like POV, details and composition very much. TFS...:)

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-11-12 15:13]

Hi Mike nice image he looks like speedy gonzales running across the water.

True rocket propeler you little fellow, Mike. The blurred effect works perfect creating an odd dynamic feel to it almost caricatural.

Hi Mike

He was full speed ahead. Well done on getting such and amusing shot. Thanks

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-13 13:05]

:o) lovely bird :o)
perfect timing :o)

Well done Mike,the colours and composition make this a great image...

Great action photo, well done on the compo too! TFS,

Ol' Egle Eye, Howdy!
See you finally got your new baby, and that you are enjoying playing with it. I love these feisty little ducks, they are really cute, and this is a nice shot. I am constantly trying to shoot birds from take-off, and I know how difficult it is to nail these critters.
I just love the scene On Golden Pond, it is a real wallhanger

Nice action shot Mike. These ducks are fast.

Hi Mike,
excelent shot!!. I love the action. In my town I saw a different grebe species doing some similar, but my photos are aweful. good details and compo.

Hello Mike,
Great action shot of this merganser taking off like a bat out of hell. I cant wait till the day I get the chance to photograph this species, where I'm at they are very elusive, you look at these guys crossed eyed and they are gone. :)

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