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Gift for Peter van Zoest

Gift for Peter van Zoest
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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/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-17 12:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear colleagues I am here again.

And I will not give back without news.

Today I want to dedicate a great photographer and an exceptional man and colleague, Peter van Zoest catch it in Denmark.

The weather was quite good but very hard to beat the wind. You can see this and after feathering duck.

I hope to like it, and to you.

Many regards,

A few words about The Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator):

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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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-17 12:20]

Ce captura minunata astazi!
Iar detaliile despra aceasta ratusca nazdravana sunt impresionante,pacat ca nu ai scris in cat timp ajunge de la 0 la 100 km pe ora si mai ales ce era cel mai interesant, cat consuma la 100 de km!
PS. E diesel sau pe benzina? :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-17 12:35]

Hello Adrian,
What a big surprise! You know I love all kind of waterbirds. Fantastic photo of this lady in splendid light and colours. The ice in the BG is very special, evenso the crest, blown by the wind. Superb sharpness and details. Attractive composition.
Kind regards,

Se pare ca voaiajul tau a fost deosebit de rodnic, si asta se vede si la frumoasa ratusca de azi!
Culori si detalii de exceptie.
Felicitari si mai asteptam asemenea frumoase imagini!

Ciao Roger, great gift for our friend Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details, perfect focus on eye, fascinating reflections and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-17 13:29]

Buna Adrian,
O fotografie splendida, culori si detalii excelente, claritatea si lumini la fel, si o specie mai rara pe la noi, felicitari!Ferestras mare, Mergus merganser fem.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-17 13:31]

Salut Adrian
Sa stii ca sunt invidios pe captura ta de astazi. Felicitari! Nu cred ca voi obtine vreodata o poza atat de buna cu aceasta specie.
Numai bine

Hi Adrian!!
Great capture !!
Pretty funny ! Wonderful colors and well captured details !
Rgds !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-17 14:28]

Hi Adrian,i'm back today me too,and what a beautiful surprise under my eyes,i ever seen this specie if duck and your perfect pic is the best way to discover this beauty of nature,great quality of sharpness and colors in a great composition,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-17 14:34]

Hello Adrian.
A beautiful image of this Red-breasted Merganser.The colours are well saturated .I like the POV and very good DOF.The details are sharp.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hi Adrian
Great capture. Best Regards.

Hello Adrian,
Very pretty Merganser, with a nice haircut! Excellent light and colours. Great sharpness too. Cheers,

Hi Adrian,

Lovely capture of this cute faced Red-breasted Merganser from nice POV with flawless details, good DOF and delightfull composition. Wonderful dedication to our friend Peter too.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


hello Adrian
what a great capture of very beautiful female Merganser.It was one of my dream species. In last February I also seen it twice. I still keen on it. None of my shots were as close as yours and not good lighting. yours superb capture. conratulations. This is great dedication to our good friend Peter. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done. have a good night my friend

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-17 21:05]

Hi Adrian.
I see you have cold weather still. You managed to picture a very attractive specimen. It is unknown for me. Scenery at whole is very nice. Especially I like how ice decorates the picture as well as cold sunlight , nice details of the bird and cute ripples pattern on the water surface. My kind regards and TFS.

Hi Adrian,
perfect habitat.
harika bir çalışma,
çok başarılı bir fotoğraf.
Elinize sağlık.

Ciao Adrian. Fantastic gift for peter with a good choise of the cmpo in great light and warm tones/reflecions. Intrigant the sinouse iced line.


Salut Adrian,

Foarte frumoasa captura ta de revenire sa zic asa, culorile si detaliile sunt foarte frumoase,TFS

O zi frumoasa sa ai in continuare

Hallo Adrian
The Red-breasted Merganser is a gorgeous water bird with prominent qualities and you have captured it beautifully. I like the expression captured on its face, and I am sure I see a shy smile. I also fancy the swanky crest blowing in the wind. The detail and colour of the water is stunning and brought across skilfully. This is a wonderful image, jam packed with lots of detail and other features to appreciate, and what a wonderful and worthy dedication to our fellow and mutual friend Peter. I personally think this is one of your best. Kind regards.

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  • kamari (112)
  • [2010-03-18 11:24]

merhaba adrian yansıma ve arka plandaki buz çok güzel olmuş

Buna Adrian,
Draguta ratusca ta, detalii si culori foarte bune. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-18 20:39]

Hello Adrian,
A great shot of this Merganser who seems to be braving the icy cold water while taking a swim. Looks like the wind was at his back from the looks of his crest. I'm sure glad I'm sitting here with a cup of hot tea, because this little guy makes me shiver just looking at him sitting in the frigid water. Nice capture! Beautiful colors!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-03-18 23:21]

Hi Adrian

A worthy dedication and excellent shot. We get these ducks in the UK, but I have only seen them on two occasions.

Best wishes


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-19 3:47]

Hi Adrian,
Very nice composition ...
Natural color and sharp detail are very stylish.Reflection and small waves separately beautiful.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-19 5:04]

Hi Adrian,
a nice gift for Peter.
A lovely duck with a special hairdo in great sharpness. The eye shines very well and the colours are very pleasant. You composed the shot very well. The ripples are also very complementary to the beauty of the existing scene.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-19 5:10]

Lieber Adrian,
Du bist ja immer auf Reisen!! Dass das Wetter windig war, sieht man dieser schönen Ente an. Lustig sieht sie aus mir dieser Windfrisur! Gutes Licht-management, vielleicht könnte die Bildschärfe noch ein wenig besser sein.
Wünsche ein angenehmes Wochenende
Herzlich grüsst

hello Adrian

excellent photo of the Red-breasted Merganser
with fine POV, DOF, fine focus sharpness and details,
i love to see the graphism that did the waves, TFS


Buen enfoque del ave que ospermite ver perfectamente la textura y colorees de su plumaje.
Buen fin de seamna ;

Josep Ignasi.

Namaste Adrian,
superb capture of this beautiful duck. Nicely composed with its action in blue water. Great depth and sharpness. Very contrasting colours. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Adrian
J'aime beaucoup ces oiseaux que nous avons aussi ici, je les trouve tellement élégants mais ils ont farouches quand même. C'est une superbe prise avec d'excellents détails, une belle composition et exposition. La couleur et la glace qui borde l'eau sont impressionnantes.
Bravo et au revoir...JP!

Hallo Adrian
wunderbares Bild von diesem mittelsäger der zwischen Eis und Wasser schwimmt
trotz dem Wind sind die details sehr sharf abgenommen, das Licht und die Farben sind auch sehr schön
dieses Photo ist perfekt für Peter
angenehmer WE

Witaj Adrian,
Piekny okaz kaczki z rozwiana fryzura. Ciekawa faktura wody wokol ptaka. Wszystko przez ten wiatr.
Pozdrawiam cieplo

Hello again Adrian,
Wow! in the photo that I saw before, this bird was not so unkempt! This is a beautiful bird with a curious plumage. In this picture you better appreciate details and textures in the bird. The brightness is accurate, the picture speaks for itself! greetings, thanks for sharing. Jesús

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  • LBO Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 3] (143)
  • [2010-03-24 13:14]

Now, I understand: you know the mergansers!

Nice shot.


funny windy haircut :)

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