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Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Photo Information
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, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 3:59
Viewed: 6100
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These Red-breasted Mergansers were captured early one morning on Ressor Lake in the Cypress Hills. They were dressed in their finest and trying to find a date.

Red-breasted Merganser
Mergus serrator
General Description

By Andrew Slater

The Red-breasted Merganser breeds in Northern Alberta and winters on the Pacific coast. Its main breeding range is across the continent further north.

The Red-Breasted Merganser is much more of a true migrant then the Common Merganser. It passes through the region between mid April and late May, and returns in October.

This merganser has a serrated bill, like the others. It catches small fish and other underwater life.

The Red-breasted Merganser does not nest in trees, but on the shore. The nest is hidden under bushes or branches, or in dense sedges or grass.

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lovely one Rick,
the formation of these ducks is very nice, the pov is good and it's a pleasure to look at, very good photojob here,
have a nice weekend.
gr. \jaap

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-26 4:21]

Hi Rick

This is a lovely composition of these beautiful birds. We have these in the UK but they are found much further north. Great diagonal composition (very obliging of them)! Plus good result in overcast conditions.


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-26 4:56]

Hello Rick,

Lovely composition.
I like the water ripple and the movement at the back of the ducks.

I have never seen these..I wonder if they frequent the south...if so I shall be on the lookout or if not for a stray...Great composition with the quad! There is a strnage difference I am noticing...of things looking to the right as opposed the left. I wonder if it is just me that is noticing and whether it is a whole concept issue in my brain. In the way I received signals from the eye...You always give me something to think about...

Beautiful - well captured and composed. Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Other than the Mandarin Duck, Red-Breasted Mergansers are my favourite water-fowl!!!
I love the sleekness, spikiness and pointiness of them... if you get what I mean ;) They look like a gaggle of punks!
Very nice capture.
The spiky crest and long beak are shown very clearly here.
Nice lighting and great exposure.
Striking contrast as well. I wondered what it would look like in B+W so I did a workshop... it's not an improvement, just a different view of it.
Well done Rick,

Hello Rick,
WOW! That is a fantastic shot, very good composition and nice point of view,good sharpness and nice colors, they are so cute!

Hi Rick,
Special hairdressing as there was some electricity involved:-)
Good compo.

great pairs, TFS Ori

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 8:44]

Hi Rick,

Adorable picture of these four in a row - all with their punk hairdos. I love the way they are lined up. The ripples in the water are wonderful.


Hello Rick,
Ahhh, this is a great team!
I adore the diagonal pose, on line indeed...
Great details are captured in the birds, in particular the hairdo is charming..!
Pablo -

Hi Rick,
Lovely capture of these "out on the town". Who's their hair dresser? Beautiful birds in a sweet line up. The water ripples
are a nice textural addition. Well done, Richard

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-26 22:24]

Hello Rick,
It's a little late tonight, so I'm just marking
your posting tonight.. Well done


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-26 23:32]

Hi Rick,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

hello Rick

interrsting and very beautiful image,
i guess is two males and two females,
very good timing too shoot the camera
while the two of the middles have the same plumage
and the two ones of the sides have too the same plumage



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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-27 14:10]

Hi Rick,

What an amazing composition you're presenting us. Very true, you've captured them with such sharpness, beautiful colours, they really look dressed up for their date. Congratulations!


Hi Rick,
Superbe cette série de canneton en ligne ils sonttrès mignons.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-27 19:59]

Hello Rick

What a beautiful diagonal composition.
The way the sexes lined up is neat with the females as book ends.
Wonderful sharpness and focus.
The colours appear natural.

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