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Common Merganser

Common Merganser
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-03 21:46
Viewed: 4070
Points: 20
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Merganser (North American) or Goosander (Eurasian) Mergus merganser is a large duck, of rivers and lakes of forested areas of Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. It eats fish and nests in holes in trees. John James Audubon called this bird the "Buff-breasted Merganser" in his book The Birds of America.
It is 58–72 cm (23–28 in) long with a 78–97 cm (31–38 in) wingspan, and a weight of 0.9–2.1 kg (2.0–4.6 lb); males average slightly larger than females but with some overlap. Like other species in the genus Mergus, it has a crest of longer head feathers, but these usually lie smoothly rounded behind the head, not normally forming an erect crest. Adult males in breeding plumage are easily distinguished, the body white with a variable salmon-pink tinge, the head black with an iridescent green gloss, the rump and tail grey, and the wings largely white on the inner half, black on the outer half. Females, and males in "eclipse" (non-breeding plumage, July to October) are largely grey, with a reddish-brown head, white chin, and white secondary feathers on the wing. Juveniles (both sexes) are similar to adult females but also show a short black-edged white stripe between the eye and bill. The bill and legs are red to brownish-red, brightest on adult males, dullest on juveniles.

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Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-04 1:58]

Hello Razvan,
Very nice photo of this Common Merganser in beautiful light and colours. Excellent sharpness, POV and composition. Pleasing contrast against the background.

Ciao Razvan.
Bellissima foto di Smerggo,grande nitidezza con ottimi dettagli, splendidi colori, eccellente la composizione,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

I simply love the water you've finished to perfection, Razvan...
The subject itself is very well displayed!

Excelenta captura cu detalii si culori minunate. Bine surprins acest cadru.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-04 11:58]

Hello Razvan
Nice capture of the Merganser.Beautiful light and good point ov view.The image is sharp with pleasant colours.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-11-04 14:14]

Hi Razvan,magnificent capture of this colorful bird,very nice perspective and great details and exposure.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-11-05 10:30]

Hello Razvan,
Excellent photo of this Merganser. Beautiful sharp focus and vivid colours. Very good details and composition.Regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-11-24 8:17]

Hej Razvan,
Nice capture of this juvenile male.
Excellent pose, sharpness, POV, colours and composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Razvan,
A Good image positioned perfectly. Nice low POV, contrasting BG and detail of the subject. Overall a good composition.
Best regards,

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