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Copyright: Adrian Rusu (roges) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-15
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-19 14:20
Viewed: 4531
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) is a diving duck.

Its breeding habitat is freshwater lakes and rivers across northern North America, Greenland, Europe and Asia. It nests in sheltered locations on the ground near water. It is migratory and many northern breeders winter in coastal waters further south.

The adult Red-breasted Merganser is 52–58 cm long with a 67–82 cm wingspan. It has a spiky crest and long thin red bill with serrated edges. Adult males have a dark head with a green sheen, a white neck with a rusty breast, a black back and white underparts. Adult females have a rusty head and a greyish body. Juveniles are like the female, but lack the white collar and have a smaller white wing patch.

The call of the female is a rasping prrak prrak, and the male gives a feeble hiccup-and-sneeze display call.

Red-breasted Mergansers dive and swim underwater. They mainly eat small fish, but also aquatic insects, crustaceans and frogs.

The Red-breasted Merganser is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

It has been claimed to be the fastest bird in level flight, reaching speeds of 129 km/h (80 mph), but is disputed whether the White-throated Needletail is faster, reportedly flying at 170 km/h (105 mph).

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-03-19 14:30]

Hi Adrian !
Excellent snapshot Mergus serrator, super colours, nice composition, good work.
I am greeting and I wish the nice weekend, Slawek

Ciao Adrian, great cature of lovely duck, splendid sharpness, fantasic reflections and wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

fantastic capture of very beautiful female Merganser. congratulations indeed, Adrian. superb sharp details and colors. refelction, POV, light using and composition great. thanks for sharing, have a good night and a nice weekend

Witaj Adrian,
Ta kaczka chyba specjalnie Ci pozowala w tej wodzie. Jej odbicie jest tak dokladne, ze wyraznie widac poszczegolne piorka. Wspanialy kadr.

Ciao Adrian. Exiting light here top exalt the warm colours and the intrigant reflecions. Magnificent lightning environment.


Ciao Adrian,
una fantastica cattura di Smergo minore, eccellente il punto di ripresa con ottima definizione e meravigliosi colori caldi, il riflesso è semplicemente favoloso, bellissima composizione con l'acqua semighiaciata.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine settimana
Ciao Maurizio

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2010-03-19 18:13]

Salutare dear Adrian .

Minunata captura !!!! Vad ca acest voaiaj ... aduce noutati ,idea cu "reflexia" e de nota 10* !!!!

Weekend fain !


hello Adrian

very beautiful photo of the Red-breasted Merganser and his reflection
over the water, with fine POV, DOF and the way is framed, superb focus
sharpness and details of the bird and his reflection, wonderful light, TFS


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-19 21:56]

Frumoasa fotografie despre Ferestras mare, femela! Nu ai un determinator mai ca lumea?

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-19 22:27]

Salut Adrian
Superba, asa cum am afirmat si la poza anterioara.
Numai bine

Eu as fi numit aceasta minunata imagine:Ratusca la oglinda, atat de perfacta este relectarea ei!

Hi Adrian,
The photo's great, and except for one thing I like everything on it. Sharpness, colors, reflection, pose, POV are good each. But a horizontal composition, by my opinion, would have been a better choice, because there's simply too much foreground - please have a look on the WS.
Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-20 0:13]

Perfecta reflectarea in apa a acestei frumoase ratuste.
Este ata de frumos colorata si mai ales ata de bine surprinsa incat trebuie sa recunisc ca sunt invidios!
Calde felicitari1

hello Adrian,
very beautiful photo!
"keep photographing!" TFS

Hi Adrian,

an good picture from this duck with good pov and details.

Fine colours.


nice capture, perhaps too sharpened ? TFS Ori

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-20 3:51]

Hi Adrian,
really a superb reflection.
The image in the water is so sharp nad detailed too.
excellent timing and great skills indicated in shooting this beautiful duck.


Salut Adrian,

Oau forte frumoasa reflexie ai surprins, culorile si detaliile ce sa zic impecabile.
Foarte frumoasa,felicitari!

Un weekend placut sa ai,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-03-20 8:49]

What beautiful light, Adrian.
The reflection is superbly rendered in the sheet of ice.
It looks cold!
A very handsome bird shown in sharp details.
TFS. : )

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-20 9:08]

Hi Adrian,the pov make a difference,these beautifuls reflections and the high saturation are the best...impressive sharpness too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hi Adrian,
You have captured this shot very well with an excellent POV, sharpness, luminosity & great details of the subject. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Adrian,
This picture goes beyond the limits of technical quality and delves into the artistic. Congratulations, you've done art this time pointing your lens!
I am glad to have you back! thank you very much for sharing, happy Sunday!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-03-20 11:44]

Hello Adrian,
Bardzo ciekawe ujecie z pieknym odbiciem w wodzie. W dosc mocnym sloncu kolory sa bardzo nasycone.Bardzo przyjemnie sie oglada.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-03-20 13:02]

Lieber Adrian

Du zeigst uns heute ein sehr schönes Bild, die Spiegelung ist perfekt gelungen und wirkt wunderbar. Die Farben sind auch sehr schön, das ganze Bild ist einfach angenehm anzuschauen.

Liebe Grüsse


Buna Adrian,
Fructoasa vizita ai avut, ai profitat din plin si de lumina buna cu rezultate de top. Detalii si culori excelente iar reflexia in apa este cireasa de pe tort.
Numai bine,

Salutari Adrian,

O captura foarte frumoasa. Foarte frumos prinsa reflexia ratei.
Lumina buna si niste culori superbe. TFS.

Best regards,

Buna Adrian,
O excelenta realizare cu reflexii impecabile si culori perfecte.
Se vede ca ai avut un soare prietenos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-20 19:32]

Hola Adrian.
Me da mucho gusto volver a saludarte otra vez aqui, y disfrutar de Tus hermosas y artisticas fotos, como en este caso, donde se aprecia claramente el reflejo del ave sobre el agua. Bellos colores y gran iluminacion.
Saludos Adrian. que pases un buen fin de semana amigo.
Luis Leal.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-20 23:10]

Slav Adrîan,
Indeed,this is very fantastic picture with excellent colors,sharp details and splendid reflection.TFS.

Hi Adrian,

Very great conducted. Very interesting mirror image of icy water.
Clear, light and exposure, a very successful. TFS

Best Regards,

Hello Adrian,
Beautiful picture, excellent sharpness and contrast, beautiful colors and beautiful composition.
Hello good Sunday

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-21 5:41]

Hallo Adrian,
Dies ist ein sehr gelungenes Bild, das Du von deiner Dänemarkreise zurückgebracht hast. Das Licht war fantastisch und die Spiegelungen im Wasser sehr reizvoll. Beste Bildschärfe und schöne Farben. Bravo!
Einen schönen Sonntag wünscht Dir

Buna Adrian.
Pasarea asta si cu reflectia ei arata super.Cred ca ii place sa-si racoreasca picioarele in apa.
Foarte bune culorile din poza ta.Felicitari.
Multe salutari.Alin.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-21 12:29]

Hello Adrian,
Very nice picture of this Red-breasted Merganser. Beautiful colours with greath sharpness.Great light also which provides a lovely reflection in the water. Well done!
Best regards Siggi

Salut Adrian
Faiana imagine cu aceasta rata, clara, in culori naturale. Am incercat mai demult sa o fotografiez, dar fara rezultate prea bune. Poate data viitoare!
Numai bine,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-03-21 13:50]

Hi Adrian. You have captured an amazing picture with the reflection. It has such fine detail and sharp focusing along with rich colours. well taken TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-03-21 23:48]

Hi Adrian

I really like this shot - great pose, reflection and beautiful lighting.

Best wishes


Hi Adrian,

Great shot with a lovely reflection
Excellent sharp details
great colors
Beautiful light

TFS Thijs

very nice pic for this Mergus
great light, colors and details!
I like the effect on the ice



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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-02 9:20]

Very well taken and presented picture. Great luminosity, accurate focus, successful POV-DOF and pretty compo.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-02 13:39]

Hello Adrian! Great shot of that Merganser! The reflections are fantastic, a fine post my friend!



Hellow Adrian,
You have captured some amazing colours in this image.Pinsharp and a splendid mirror image effect.Well done.

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