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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-04-07 6:30
Viewed: 2113
Points: 40
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Common Merganser
Harle bièvre

Family: Anatidae
Length: 58-72cm
Habitat: Lakes, rivers in forested areas
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere

This is a documentary shot I have taken a few months ago. Looking at this female I had seen that her tongue was hanging somehow strangely out of her beak. In the WS you can see it even better.
I wonder if this duck could survive with this problem.

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Hi Anna,
It looks like it is not hanging out of her beak but that she is misformed. The tong is below her beak. I am no bird expert nor do I have a biological background, but she looks like a grownup bird so she must have been able to survive so far.

As for the photo, a good documentary shot and excellent eye to have seen it.


Ciao Anne, great capture of lovely bird, fascinating reflections of light, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Easter, ciao Silvio

Hello Anne,

A very nice capture with lovely details, colors & sharpness. May be someone can explain the bird's tongue situation!

TFS & best regards


Hi Anne,

A fine picture with natural colours and rippling water. Nice image of the duck, with beautiful plumage. Sorry to see the tongue twist, though. [:(]


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-07 8:38]

Hello Anne,
Never seen something like this. When I look at the workshop I think Niek is right about the deforming.
Very nice close photo of this Merganser in beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness.
Happy Easter,

hello Anne
good details of this bird
great sharpness and nice naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Anne,
this shot certainly showing some interesting and aberrant anomaly ..truly strange and in fact the Workshop displays this strange thing even more clearly. To me this is not a recent injury, rather looks like a stunted wound...probably the beak has been damaged in the past ...hm .. what a survivor !!!

P.S. Happy Easter for you and your family too dear Anne!
George Veltchev

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-07 12:40]

Hello Anne,
beautiful and interesting image of this Anatidae; what a strange and curious deformation! It appears, however, in good health. Excellent sharpness, nice frontal POV and natural colours. Thanks for sharing.
Regards and Happy Easter.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-07 15:53]

Salut Anne,j'espere moi aussi qu'elle sois encore en vie avec son problem,vraiment etrange,une capture tres interessante et differente avec une excellente qualite' comme d'habitude.Parfait WS aussi.Bonnes Paques et merci,Luciano

Very interesting Anne! I can’t explain it. Beautiful photo with very good composition and nice lighting!

Hello Anne,
Spectacular composition with great focus and very good clarity. It is a interesting species of duck I have never seen in the wild. I like the brilliant colors and light on the plumage.
Thanks for sharing and HAPPY EASTER!!!

Hallo Anne,
erst einmal hat es mich gewundert, dass du so nah an den Gänsesäger herangekommen bist, aber dann habe ich gesehen, dass du die Aufnahme in der Stadt gemacht hast, wo die Enten vermutlich schon an die Leute gewöhnt sind. Das Problem mit der Zunge habe ich so noch nie gesehen und schließe mich der Meinung von Niek an. Jedenfalls ein sehr interessantes Bild und ein sehr gutes Auge der Fotografin.
Viele Grüße,

Hello Anne
Interesting document.Seems a congenital disorder.Never seen before.Beautiful natural colors and sharp details.
Thank You
Kind regards

HI Anne,
what a nice photo of this bird. Interesting point of view. Interesting pose. Nice colours.
Happy Easter.

Ciao Anne,
una bellissima immagine ed interessante documentazione, sembra godere di buona salute e quindi sopravvivere bene, a meno che non si tratti di un incidente appena accadutole, ottimi i dettagli, magnifici i colori e la lumnosità
Grazie e complimenti
Con amicizia

Bonjour Anne

Des choses qui parfois malheureusement font parties
de la vie des oiseaux / animaux sauvage,
c'est un jolie photo avec une belle pose de ce Harle bièvre,



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-09 1:50]

Hello Anne,
the title is so exciting that I want look more detail. The view is so sharp and all the features of this duck is well seen.
Nice pattern of the feathers and the paddled water add a beauty to the composition too.


Ciao Anne. An interesting capture ideed. Impressive DOF and stunning details agasint the 3D lightning environment.


Bonjour Anne,
Étrange anomalie de la nature à moins que le sujet n'ait été blessé.
Très belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Very interesting documentary shot. Rare case. I would guess she will survive.
I would think first about injury during early life, then misformation during fetal life, and in last and leat least possible a recent injury.
Best regards,

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