Merganser (and a word about shape)

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I captured a few shots of this bird before it moved impossibly far away. Photography is mostly about light (tone, color, shadows, mid-tones and highlights), but it’s also about shape and design. This is a photograph where if it were not for the position (shape) the animal took I would have not have paid it any consideration.

19 responses

  1. Nice capture!


    April 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

  2. I’m guessing that seconds before you shot this photo, this female merganser had her bill tucked under her wing.

    I’ve seen them doing that, and thought they were sleeping, or grooming, but I now think that they might do it to spot prey.

    I’ve watched them drift and paddle with their bills under their wing and an eye toward water.

    Regardless, you are right about the interesting shape she makes, with her funky head feathers and her neck twisted backwards it makes for an interesting photo.

    Nice work!

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    April 22, 2015 at 7:44 am

    • Thanks. They dive to fish. Really amazing to watch. More to come.


      April 22, 2015 at 7:47 am

  3. Every year we have at least one pair of Merganzers on the river. Love their little brown fuzzball babies, which ride the fast currents like little brown corks!

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    April 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

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    April 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  5. Pat

    Really nice capture.


    April 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

  6. Interesting looking bird. Part of the king fisher family? I don’t think they are over here?


    April 22, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    • Thanks – I don;t thinks its kingfisher.


      April 23, 2015 at 12:26 am

      • I just looked them up. Nope not a fisher a duck but not one that is seen over my way.


        April 23, 2015 at 12:50 am

  7. I love these mergensers. This is a female one. And I really like what you have to say about shape. That is so true.


    April 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

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