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My 1000th Post

My 1000th Post
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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: 2011-06-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 11:27
Viewed: 2941
Points: 46
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My 1000th post!
I chose this shot, not because of its artistic or zoological merit, but because to me, it represents the fun, the excitement, the wonder, the learning, that my hobby of nature photography affords me. And I thank TN for giving me the forum to share, and all my friends on TN for encouraging me and teaching me... over the past six years.
This surf scoter landed on our suburban lake about a month ago... the one and only surf scoter to ever visit our man-made shores. Every day I went to the lake to look for him, and tried to take pictures of him as he submerged... then emerged from his long dive at some random spot in the water. It was a challenge! I ran along the shore, trying to anticipate where he would pop up. By the time I spotted him, got him in my camera viewer, and focused, he was underwater again. And so it went day after day. I guess he took pity on me! One day, as I was walking my dog around said lake, there he was, sitting pretty on the shore and enjoying the sun. He let me come within 2 meters of him, and looked me right in the eye. It was his gift to me.

Surf Scoter
Melanitta perspicillata

Scoters are seaducks in the genus Melanitta. Most duck species are dimorphic with scoters no exception. While scoter hens are drab brown, the drakes stand out with predominantly black plumage and swollen, sometimes garish bills. These diving ducks breed mostly in Arctic portions of Asia, Europe, and North America, wintering in temperate zones.

Melanitta perspicillata identifies only the Surf Scoter, but that doesnít meant that this bird doesnít have a few additional appellations of its own. This duck, endowed with a breathtaking, bulbous yellow, white, and red bill, has been called many other names; Red-billed Scoter, Skunkhead Coot, Spotty-nosed Scoter, and Surf Duck are just the English ones. However, Skunkhead may be most apt because of the prominent white patches on this black birdís nape and forehead. M. perspicillata is the only species of scoter found exclusively on the American continent.


Kasek, Argus, Adanac, ramthakur, vijeeshbabu, CeltickRanger, maaciejka, Luc, Dis. Ac., meyerd, maurydv, loot, Miss_Piggy, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Congratulations for this remarkable achievement Manyee Desandies! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hello Manyee,
Congratulations for your 1000 posts captured with finest details and lovely colours. Congratulation!

Hello Manyee,
1000 Posts here! Wonderful (what is the most so far?) and congratulations!!! It is a remarkable achievement. May there be many many more. Best wishes.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-29 11:43]

Hello Manyee,
Congratulations on your 1000th posting. Wonderful photo to celebrate this milestone. Thanks for your great contribution to TN.

hello Manyee
super 1000th post with great details and super good sharpness
i like the colours very much
Congrat and hope to see many more of you
thanks greeting lou

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-29 11:53]

Congratulations on your 1000th shot! Great colored object. This is really intresting bird, haven't seen such one before. I hope that in few years I will have possibility to celebrate my 1000th post. Now I will focus on posting 100 photos that will be as beautiful as it's possible. Good luck with another 1000.

Regards, Kasek.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-29 13:05]

Congratulations Manyee!
Not only on reaching your 1000th TN posting, but on celebrating the occasion with such a fine capture of the Surf Scoter!
Your efforts to take this image were well worthwhile: this is sharp, colorful and taken from a fine POV.
Well done, TFS and I hope to see many more from you!

Congratulation! It was me all the time with my remote controlled surf scoter, I would've kept you going but the batteries failed and that's the only reason you got this picture. I should've used Energizers instead. Anyway fantastic capture of my remote controlled water fowl. Hey!...I'm only 963 behind you ManYee. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-06-29 13:56]

Hello Manyee,
I would like to personally thank you for being such an excellent member of this site. One thousand postings, WOW that is a lot of commitment. The last sentence in your note "It was his gift to me" is exactly how I always feel when I have been allowed to witness an animal in the wild. Thank you Manyee for all your wonderful work.
Hugs Rick

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-29 14:27]

Hi Manyee,nothing better to celebrate the 1000 post! What a strange and beautiful specie and what a excellent pic,a bg thanks for your work on TN,have a nice day,Luciano

Manyee, you have been among the pioneers of the serious and committed movement on nature photography that began more than 6 years ago on this website. Sadly, many of those pioneers have now moved off, so it is a consoling thought that you still carry on posting here, though not all that frequently.
Your 1000th post here, as such, is a matter for celebration. Please accept my congratulations on this occasion.
Your sentiments in the opening paragraph of your note are representative of many of us old timers.
The bird in your picture looks calm and content with life. It is a well chosen picture for your 1000th post.
Thanks for sharing it.
Whether you post here regularly or not is not all that significant; what matters is that you are a great nature photographer.
All the best!

Fantastically honored above his 1000th post! Amazing bird. Extremely eccentric beak! Congratulations!

Well, you finally caught up with him. I'm surprised he has hung around there so long. Maybe he was intrigued by your antics and was observing you...a rare sighting of an unique specimen of two legged mammal. Few others have the perseverance, dedication, talent, and love of nature that you do. Animals can sense that. He wants us to thank YOU for the past six years you have shared with us.

Evelynn : )

Nice composition.Excellent point of view.Beautiful colours and good details.Well done
vijeesh babu

Hello Manyee

Congratulations for your 1000th photo on TN,
beautiful close-up photo of this wader bird,
with fine POV, excellent focus sharpness details,
beautiful light and excellent contrast, TFS


Congratulations for being here!
Congratulations for so many posts!
This is really interesting photo of bird. Nice point of view. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Manyee,

what an lovely cute lookig duck.
Good of sharpnes and pov anddetail.

Fine colors.
Congratulations with your 1000th post, i have an few to go for my 800th.


Hi Manyee,

your "One and only" is a beauty! My congratulations to your wonderful 1'000'th post. The Surf scoter is a very rare winter visitor to European coasts and it is difficult to spot amidst a flock of M. nigra despite its impressive coloration. Thanks for your many contributions to TN!

Best regards

Hallo Manyee,
congratulations on your 1000th posting on TN, you celebrate it with a spectacular Surf Scoter, very good sharpness and marvellous colours; i think that you are my American counterpart with regard to photographs of herons
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Manyee, congratulations for your 1000th post on TN, lovely bird with splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2011-07-05 9:01]

Hi ManYee

Wow, what a fabulous landmark. I don't know in which lifetime I ever will reach such
a grand total, especially at the rate I'm going at present (chuckle).

A BIG CONGRATULATION is in place, I am sure. Your persistence and hard work
is really a lesson and an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for all the beauty that you have
shared with us throughout the years. I have seen many wonderful images from your
lens and you have introduced me to a lot of species I never knew about or ever seen
before. Keep up the good work and I hope to see the next 1,000 in the coming years.

This spectacularly colourful creature is another species I've never seen before. Once
again, it is indicative of your hard work & persistence and it has paid off a noteworthy
result. Those loud colours are something to behold and who won't love that striking little
white eye.

Well done MF and TFS.
Take care and have a great week.

Hallo Manyee
I celebrated my 150th posting a few days ago and I thought that is a great achievement and here you are showing me what a celebration is really about. Congratulations for reaching the 1000th milestone, and what a beautiful, beautiful creature you have to show off with as part of this celebration. The colours are absolutely magic; it is really eye-catching and cannot be missed. The natural sunlight brings out the gorgeous details to the best, and that eye! that is truly striking. A lovely image my friend and thanks for spoiling us with your great photography. Best regards.
Ps. I am so glad that you are posting more regularly lately, as it is always a pleasure to see an "old hand" at work behind the lens, and not being old in years but in experience.

Hi Manyee,
very cheerful presentation of this picturesque seaduck. I like the brilliant colours in the strong sunlight, and the composition with the glimpse of blue waters just in front of the seaduck's head.
My congratulations to you for celebrating your contribution #1000. It is a real pleasure to see the joy you are having, sharing and spreading by observing nature, taking pictures, and sharing them with us on TN!
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

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