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Mergus merganser

Mergus merganser
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-18 14:22
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Name : Common Merganser (female) - Scientific name : Mergus merganser - Family : Anatidae.
Description : The Common Merganser, (Goosander in Europe), Mergus merganser, is a large sized duck, which is distributed over Europe, North Asia and North America. It is most common on lakes and rivers. Its nests can be found in treeholes.
Males and females are easily distinguished, since the male merganser has a dark green head, while the head of the female is reddish-brown. The Common Merganser is 70 cm long with a 78-94 cm wingspan.
These large fish-eaters have serrated edges to their bills to help them grip their prey. Along with the Smew and the other Mergansers, they are therefore often known as "sawbills". They also eat mussels and shrimps; young birds mainly eat aquatic insects.
Technique : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode P - Auto focus - Aperture f4.9 - Shutter speed 1/100s - Iso 100 - Flash not fired - focal 300mm equiv. - File JPG fine - Handheld...
Photo : taken on the Annecy lake, cloudy afternoon. No modification before resize and frame in 800x600 for TN.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-18 14:28]

Hello Christian,
Nice to see a new post from you again:)This is an excellent capture.Clear details,colors,sharpness,lighting and composition are wondeful.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-18 14:41]

Hi Crristian, a very good picture of the Merganser. great colours and focus, with lots of detail. good photo all round Well done..

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-18 14:59]

Bonjour Christian,
So happy to see you again!
What a beautiful shot. Both the focus and the exposure are excellent, revealing very fine details on this merganser. I can see every feather, and the range of colors is fantastic. Great POV also.
Merci pour le partage, et bon printemps. : )

Hello Christian a lovely catch beautifully composed nice detail nothing to complain about a quality shot tfs rgds Necip.

Good to see a post from you again Christian.
Very good exposure, detail, and colors..
You push the envelope @ 1/100th handheld, but nice results :)
Well done mf.

Hi Christian

A beautiful shot. Lovely soft colours and the ripples in the water add a nice texture to the image. Lovely work. TFS.

Hello , little overexposure ( burned whites at chest )but good shrpnss and POV , TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-20 4:34]

Hi Christian.
What an beauty you have pictured and done this perfectly. Transperency of your shot, clearness of the colours, sharpness and details of the bird and water surface are simply fantastic. We can see the smallest details of the bird, its funny "hair" on the head and even water drops on its plumage. Micro waves in front of the bird and surround of it are amazing too. Composition, lighting and delicate colour palette are really outstanding. Bravo and best regards. TFS,

bonjour christian
un canard que je n'avais jamais vu auparavent,enfin ou je n'y avais pas preté attention!
j'aime beaucoup l'ensemble,couleurs details et netteté surtout pour une photo non retouchée.bravo.
merci pour les photos du carnaval.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-21 8:52]

Hi Christian

Very nice too see you back and posting, my friend!
Even if you don't have much time now, whenever you drop by it's a pleasure for us too see you work and read your interesting comments. Thank you!

This is another splendid photo of this interesting and lovely bird. The common merganser is not something we see very often here on TN, so thatnks for sharing.
The POV and details on this one are excellent and the colors are lovely. Very good contrast with the water, too and very nice too see a part of the speeding feet underwater, too...something very rare in these types of photos.

All the best to you!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-22 6:13]

Oh, I remember this PUNK bird! She's a real cute looking fellow Taz. Lovely capture and so good to see you posting again.

"Annecy of NZ" has another crew member - baby girl was born this week and we're busy looking after the older child. She's a little darling and I bet they'll try and take her out on Annecy within a week.
Best regards to you my friend

étonnant ce canard, on ne voit pas ca par chez nous!!! en tout cas il a les ( cheveux ) dans le vent
très belle photo, bonne netteté et super couleurs et détails
bravo et merci

Hi Taz,

Well somewhere in time I missed this really nice shot of the merganzer. This is an beautiful capture and the colors are very natural. I love the texture of the water. :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-30 18:48]

Bonjour Christian,
great shot, and wonderful composition. POV, sharpness and details are wonderful. I like the textures and the colors a lot.
The framing looks also very nice.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-31 21:59]

Hello Christian

A beautiful image of this merganser.The colours are well saturated .I like the POV and very good DOF.The details are sharp.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-03 20:15]

Hello Christian,
Great camera work, focus and exposure are spot on giving us a well detailed and colorful composition.

Hi Christian,
A very nice shot on this Common Merganser. Soft light and a spot on exposure. This has rendered some excellent colors and sharp detail in the plumage. Looks Good!

Hi Christian,
I missed this nice duck swimming in this beautiful clear water. A wonderful shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Christian,
Overall good image.
Beautiful Merganser. A female, I see...
I like very much the water colour...

Hello Christian

Excellent capture of this little lady. Very good sharpness/focus with nice details in the plumage. She is looking so nice in her silvery dress and brown hood - very natural looking colours. Nice composition and a very nice note to follow.

Well done my friend

hi christian!
very beautiful bird!
sharp picture with great
exposure and good composition
well done!

Bonjour Christian,
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 transparence de l'eau sont impressionnantes. Bravo!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-04-20 14:19]

She's a beauty, excellent shot.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-13 1:26]

Hello Christian, this is a lovely clear and sharp shot of the Merganser. I have not yet seen one in the UK, though I believe they do visit here. I love the plumage which is shown in great detail with rich colours. Great light throughout, the water shimmer is wonderful.

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