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dorian
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · merganser mania


went out to a local spot that has had eagles the past few days, but they were WAY too far off to photograph. however, some of the mergansers were very obliging.......

hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!

cheers

dorian




common merganser female

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  






common merganser male

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  






red-breasted merganser female

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/7.1    1/2000s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  







red-breasted merganser male

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    400 ISO    -1.0 EV  






common merganser male

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/3200s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Feb 23, 2013 at 03:40 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · merganser mania


Very nice set. Great job on the IF, considering the speed of those guys.


Feb 23, 2013 at 03:51 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · merganser mania


Good looking set Dorian. Each image is quite nice. I've had poor luck getting decent shots of this species. It is like my camera has an aversion to focusing when one is in the cross-hairs.


Feb 23, 2013 at 04:28 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · merganser mania


Wow... Very beautiful set, Dorian. You got both male and female with meals and the IF is just awesome.

- Tam



Feb 23, 2013 at 05:11 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · merganser mania


Great set Dorian, congratulations.
David



Feb 23, 2013 at 09:57 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · merganser mania


Extra nice Dorian. I really like the dark greens in 2 and 5 ~ Ron


Feb 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · merganser mania


#1 Cool


Feb 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · merganser mania


Dorian, a very nice set with beautiful strong colors.
Chris



Feb 23, 2013 at 04:02 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · merganser mania


Oh yeah, excellent work Dorian!!! You did a bang up job on these. The closer rocks!!!

Tim



Feb 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · merganser mania


Really great set ... photo nmbr 1 ... did he get it down?

Paul



Feb 23, 2013 at 04:33 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · merganser mania


nice ones Dorian.. the last two are my favorites


Feb 23, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · merganser mania


nice works! wow!


Feb 23, 2013 at 05:36 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · merganser mania


Wonderful set, Dorian!!


Feb 23, 2013 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · merganser mania


Fabulous shots Dorian. Love the pose on the third on like it's peering over something into the water but there's nothing to look over....very cool.
Eric



Feb 23, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · merganser mania


Dorian,
Great starter shot- with that gigantic fish in the bird's beak.
In fact, the whole series is terrific!
Charlie



Feb 23, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · merganser mania


thanks everyone - shooting these guys was a lot of fun!

i was completely amazed at how proficient these guys are as hunters. i simply could not believe the frequency with which they surfaced with fish. many of the fish were very large and it was only after much struggling that the birds were able to eat them. also, once one bird surfaces with a fish, the others start chasing him/her around and it causes all kinds of ruckus. most of this occurred out of shooting range but i think i will go back to this spot again in the next week or so should i find time.

it was also tough to get good backgrounds on these shots. there are houses all long the river that cause ugly white reflections on the water (versus the natural greens/brown tones that i want). i had to wait for the birds to swim/fly between the houses reflections; i lost a lot of good shots where i was unable to do this.

the below photo shows what i'm talkin' about - completely unprocessed, just converted right to jpeg.





this is what i am talking about - this one might be workable though - others were much worse!




Feb 23, 2013 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · merganser mania


Nice set of Mergies

-Tim



Feb 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · merganser mania


Well done. They always amaze me with the ability to catch more than they can swallow.


Feb 23, 2013 at 09:42 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · merganser mania


Beauty shots Dorian...nice to have something else to shot if your preferred subject doesn't show up.


Feb 23, 2013 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · merganser mania


Beautiful set, Dorian, with pleasing colors and detail
Socrate



Feb 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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