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Sunday Swim

Sunday Swim
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-27 22:11
Viewed: 2843
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Merganser (Female)
Mergus merganser

Grand Harle, Mergo mayor (French)
Goosander (English)

A large diving duck with a long thin bill, the Common Merganser is found along large lakes and rivers across the northern hemisphere. The long bill has toothy projections along its edges that help the duck hold onto its slippery fish prey.

Large, slender diving duck.
Long, thin, orange bill.
White patches in wing visible in flight.
Male with bright white sides and iridescent green head.
Size: 54-71 cm (21-28 in)
Wingspan: 86 cm (34 in)
Weight: 900-2160 g (31.77-76.25 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male boldly patterned with white sides, black back, and green head. Female dull gray with reddish head and white chin.

Silent except in courtship when male makes a hoarse croaking, a twanging sound, or a bell-like note. Female makes a harsh "gruk." Wings produce a rushing noise in flight.

Cool Facts
The Common Merganser usually nests in tree cavities, either those made by large woodpeckers or from where a limb broke off. It will also use a nest box. Infrequently a Common Merganser might make its nest in a rock crevice, a hole in the ground, a hollow log, in an old building, or in a chimney.
Young Common Mergansers leave their nest hole within a day or so of hatching. The mother protects the chicks, but she does not feed them. They dive to catch all of their own food. They eat mostly aquatic insects at first, but switch over to fish when they are about 12 days old.
Gulls of various species often follow flocks of foraging Common Mergansers. The gulls wait for the ducks to come to the surface with fish, and then they try to steal their prey. Occasionally even a Bald Eagle will try to steal a fish from a successful merganser.


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-09-27 22:33]

yeah, looks like it was a nice day for a swim.
great clear and calm shot of the 2 pretty mergansers enjoying the water and the sun.
excellently composed with wonderful colors and details.
well seen & captured, thor.

Hi Manyee
Great shot of this mergansers. good light and compo.
Regards and Tfs

Hi Manyee
great compo and lovely colours
great catchlights
lovely tfs

  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-28 9:31]

Hello Manyee, another great pair ! :-) I love those ducks, well composed and exposed, well seen and done. Thanks my friend.


:-) tomorrow

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-28 10:57]

Hi Manyee
Great composition.Good POV whit sharp image.Details are also very good.I like that catch light in the bird eye's.You had used the perfect opening since that both subject are perfectely in focus.
TFS Michel

Hi Manyee,
A lovely shot of this dou of mergansers, I like this composed image it has a very nice cinematic wide angle perspective. :)

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