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The Dance

The Dance
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 8:15
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I have struggled for a while whether to post these captures because of thier technical quality. But Jay (ShootScore) fixed them up a bit for me, thanks Jay.
This is a collage of three images that were captured early in the morning at Ressor Lake in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. They show two male Red-Breasted Mergansers try thier best to impress the ladies, this show went on for 15 minutes. I hope the technical short comings are overcome by the content to make this a worth while posting. These captures were shot from the van using a bean bag for support.
Red-breasted Merganser
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus: Mergus

Species: M. 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.

The Red-breasted Merganser is one of the fastest birds in level flight, having reached speeds of over 160 km/h (100 mph).

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Hello Rick

Wow tough crowd,what does a duck have to do to catch a look? Nothing wrong with this posting,you have captured a moment in nature very well.The focus is good and details and colours are quite good for the distance.It's like watching a synchro swim performance and the ladies just are not that impressed.Maybe they are and they play hard to get.LOL,TFS


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-25 9:13]

Hi Rick,
Great dance-moments you have captured here. They realy did there best. Good focus and light you had here.
Thanks Paula

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-25 11:03]

Hello Rick,
Excellent collage of two pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers: a fine study of pairing behavior, each shot being sharp and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hi rick,
nice shot, the duck swimming in row looks lovely, nice reflection of light on the water, well composed shot, thanks to jay for support so that we could see this lovely post,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-25 11:54]

Hi Rick,

What a clever idea to present them in this way. You managed to catch a lot of detail. Not often do we get to see something like this. TFS.


Hi Rick, great little experiment you have with this upload.Jay(Shoot Score) really does know his photoshop techniques and is a man to pay attention to,I'm glad that you did.Your included note is first rate.The mergansers are wonderful looking birds by the way. TFS. Bob

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-25 15:09]

Hi Rick,
Great collage. Nice action. Good colors, good details.
All in all Great!!

great work, TFS Ori

What an image again...Rick
With these three lines...extraordinary.
No need to say you reached a great compo.
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-25 15:46]

Hello Rick,
Excellent presentation of these Mergansers showing off! Good sharpness and beautiful ripples on the water. Thanks for showing this interesting collage!
Best wishes, Ulla

I think they are great, Love the action of the birds and the movement of the water..great idea with the collage as well..great shots. TFS and thanks shootscore for the techincal work too..:o)

thanks for your comments on my photo "Cold Water (22) " :o)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-25 18:42]

Hi Rick

An unusal and interesting posting. I have not really got a clue how you did it!


Well isn't this a fun shot?! I love the pairs. In each row there are four ducks and in each row the two inside birds are doing the same thing and the two outside birds are doing the same thing. How did you get them to do that?! The photo is a ittle contrasty but the subject is great!

Evelynn : )

Hi Rick
This is interesting and the males are in cinque. The females are in cinque too LOL. It's great to see the Mergansser in their natural setting. Nicely capturedl.
TFS Janice

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-26 10:20]

Ha,ha! What a funny dance!
And what an excellent collage and lovely composition! You did perfectly posting it, the quality is very good and it represents a far interesting document.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

very interesting action.
Maybe I would have post only a collage from image 2 and 3.

On dirait une chorégraphie de ballet, merveilleuse composition et grande netteté.

Rick I have to say that this presentation is ideal to show the dance sequence. You did a great job merging the photos! Generally I am not at all interested in the "calendar" style presentations we see routinely from some people. But in this exceptional case of the courting ritual I do believe that it is 110%!!! ;) You kept the presentation nice and trim, with the focus on the matter at hand, rather than some fancy framing etc., eh! WELL DONE! Thanx! Jay

PS I waited a long time to see these beauties! Again thanx.

So far I have not seen the bridal parade this bird.

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