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Gray Coast: Missing Smug Mug...

Gray Coast: Missing Smug Mug...
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-08
Categories: Birds, Trees, Seascape, Ocean, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Song-match!, !CÖLD coast, !Trios [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 12:21
Viewed: 8998
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The area where I live - Atlantic View - is also know as the "Gray Coast"...

Some days are diamonds some days are stones
Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones
Some days are diamonds some days are stones.
John Denver

In the past I have shared shots with you that show moments when it looks like the "Gold Coast"
< no thanx, not a reference to a resident!!! >,
but today I want to share what it looks like here when the sunset happens without any gold!
I walked to the mailbox with a buddy and noticed a number of ducks sheltering where a brook empties into the Atlantic Ocean...

These are ducks of "all stripes" but most are extremely leary at this time. [ More on that later. ] So even though I got a few shots that were not hundreds of yards away, most shots are not suitable as a "I shöt a döck" at clse range shot...

So instead a seascape/landscape WITH ducks, for these are special ducks! They are a trio of female hooded mergansers... But their "smug mug döck" is missing, he took off in a different direction! The male that is. [ To be seen in another shot, I hope! ]

To the left in this photo is the tip of Big Island < current residence of an eagle; hence the shifty ducks! > In the distance is the Isle of Man. And yes this is again the Atlantic Ocean, not deep blue, but boring gray, eh, a mere reflection of the dull sky.

Photo shot at 16:20...

For the birds: Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
"Hooded Mergansers ducks have a crest at the back of the head which can be expanded or contracted. In adult males, this crest has a large white patch, the head is black and the sides are reddish brown. The adult female has a reddish crest, with much of the rest of the head and body a greyish-brown. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser."

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To dew77: Smug MugShoot_Score 2 02-10 13:10
To Silke: Smug MugShoot_Score 3 02-10 12:34
To Adanac: Smug MugShoot_Score 2 02-10 11:13
To lovenature: Smug MugShoot_Score 1 02-10 10:51
To anniejo: Smug MugShoot_Score 1 02-10 10:49
To Clancys: Smug MugShoot_Score 1 02-10 10:48
To Adanac: Negative??? Silver? White Plains? Chilly carnivaShoot_Score 1 02-09 22:56
To lovenature: ... right it is a gray day Jay...Shoot_Score 1 02-09 22:54
To Silke: fend off other would-be visitors and settlersShoot_Score 1 02-09 22:53
To anniejo: COLD CoastShoot_Score 1 02-09 19:30
To Adanac: ... this looks like the silver coast.Shoot_Score 1 02-09 17:04
To Adanac: ... this looks like the silver coast.Shoot_Score 1 02-09 16:44
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-09 15:54]
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Hi Jay,
Your being negative, this looks like the silver coast. Alberta is the white plains finally. Your capture is nice with the chilly looking atmosphere and the merganzers.
Thanks for sharing.

Well, maybe NOT the "GOLD coast", but I'd think it COULD be the "Cold Coast", what with the white ice on Thumbcap in the background.....
At any rate, it is a first-rate photo, and the mergansers only add to the NS slogan, "Canada's Ocean Playground".....

Very nicely shot!!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-09 17:12]
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They look all hunched up and as chilly as can be! Thanks to your POV, they also look very lost! That huge ocean and those three little ones ... ... Oh My!
The scene looks so grey that I suspect you're trying to fend off other would-be visitors and settlers, Mr. Meeuwig!

Hey Jay!
Your right it is a grey day Jay. The colours are cool and I like how the trees at the top of the page keep you eyes focused onto the Mergansers. Burrr
TFS Janice

Nice cool looking shot.


  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-10 4:40]
  • [+]

Hello Jay,
Lovely seascape.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,exposure and visual impact are also excellent.Have a great weekend!

  • Great 
  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-02-27 15:27]

Hi Jay. A very fine composition showing a very natural part of the coast without any huts or houses. The grey colour is refreshingly clean and crisp. Including the ducks is a bonus and very interesting note. TFS. Murray.

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