Red Breasted Merganser

Posted by ADKShooter on Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:48 am

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Nikon D 850, Nikon 500mm F5.6 pf
ISO 640, 1/1,000s, F6.3

This image was taken earlier this year on a cold windy day.  It was my first opportunity to photograph this type of merganser at close range. When seen live he looks to be a wild looking bird partially due to it's bad hair day and serrated beak.
I wrestled a bit with keeping the image straight but no matter how I turned it something always appeared off .  This is the final result.

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by Karl Egressy on Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:43 am
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Nice looking image turning his head sideways for you. The fastest flying Waterbird, that is. I hope to shoot them in flight soon.

by Mary Brun on Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:21 am
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Lovely capture with great details in the red eye.

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by david fletcher on Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:36 pm
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Cracking capture Warren. Large view a treat and shows plenty of smashing details!
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by ken archer on Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:01 pm
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Sweet capture of this handsome fellow! It's always a treat to be able to spend some time with this species.

by peter makuch on Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:20 pm
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a great head-on shot and I like the way you captured the hair-do on this merganser, the angle works well WARREN.

by Carol Clarke on Thu Nov 18, 2021 5:08 pm
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A lovely view of this drake, so full of character and looks level enough to me, Warren.

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by paul fletcher on Thu Nov 18, 2021 6:57 pm
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An excellent image, with a great head-turned pose, which shows the colours, and the crest so well. The water has a cold look to it, as well, which matches your description of the weather that day.

by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:15 am
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Lucky you to see this one so close! Wonderful shot with that nice head turn. They are extremely rare here-love their jaunty looks.
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