Female Merganser (Three Photographs)
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Mergansers are diving ducks, in the first shot it has not dived recently; when it surfaces you can see the results in its feathers. Mergansers generally tend to stay far away from other activity and getting good shots with a long lens is problematic. You need good weather so that the temperature, mist etc. does not get between you and the duck. In this case the bird stands out well against the water, the overcast day helps with the lighting and color, just as a soft box would in the studio.