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Hooded Merganser

By Hop-A-Long  
I have managed to find a spare hour or so to upload an image.

This I took a while back on a visit to Washington Wetlands Centre, as you can see the sun was out, a rare occasion. The wind has been pretty bad again and from what I can gather, snow is on it's way. I shall believe that when I see it. We have been promised snow plenty of times this winter and never really had any, we could see it on the hills in the distance and on peoples images on here, not much in the garden and surrounding area though. I shall wait to wax the runners on my sledge.
I am still waiting for the day I can pick the camera up, another 4 days. This is hell. The amount of birds that have been coming and going in my back garden is unbelievable. There was a Hedgehog the other night in my garden and no camera. Never mind.

Hope you like this

Thanks for looking and for any comments or clicks.

Nikon D40
70-300mm AF-S VR
F 8
ISO 200
Shutter 1/250

Tags: Nature General Hooded Wildlife and nature Merganser

Voters: piccy, Steve_S, fatmod and 79 more

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piccy 15 8 Wales
2 Mar 2008 8:49PM
Lovely sharp shot.
Steve_S Plus
16 183 3 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 8:51PM
Great shot
fatmod 15 22 England
2 Mar 2008 8:51PM
well spotted and captured
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
2 Mar 2008 8:52PM
duck on the catwalk :
black & white fashion chic(k)...
luxaeternam 14 21 1
2 Mar 2008 8:53PM
What an amazing creature! My husband has taken quite a shine to it apparently - should I worry, doctor?
Smile Lucy
RobDougall 14 25 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 8:57PM
Beautifully captured
fishy2 14
2 Mar 2008 8:59PM
good shot.
rangerpaul 14 19 7 England
2 Mar 2008 9:00PM
Good image and nicely presented.
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
2 Mar 2008 9:03PM
Amazing well timed capture. What an expression!! Hope Gilly is feeling better today.
nickyv32 14 135 England
2 Mar 2008 9:06PM
Brilliant shot, love it.

dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 9:06PM
Love the pose and the expression looks as though he is applauding! A really fine has made me smile.
plugin 17 1 Canada
2 Mar 2008 9:06PM
Totally awesome!
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
2 Mar 2008 9:07PM
What a well timed shot, so well captured.
KarenFB Plus
15 5.8k 183 England
2 Mar 2008 9:08PM
A beautiful image. I like the still water on it's belly, but the movement blur on it's wings.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
2 Mar 2008 9:16PM
Terrific shot Andy, you've timed this one impecably
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 9:17PM
Vain little so-and-so. I bet some lady merganser's really impressed. What I really like here (and I warn you, I've just had two glasses of wine) is the contrast between that button-sharp eye and the wings - blurred but with just one feather really sharp.
I could have sent you some of our snow if you'd asked, we had plenty to spare a few weeks ago.
2 Mar 2008 9:19PM
Great shot, perfect timing.
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
2 Mar 2008 9:19PM
A wonderful image Andy so well captured

2 Mar 2008 9:20PM
Super shot Andy, great detail,
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 9:25PM
Excellent capture! Brilliant timing!

trissie 15 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 9:31PM
A lovely capture Andy, great timing.

Trish x
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
2 Mar 2008 9:32PM
Stunning shot, a super pose and colors are great!

lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
2 Mar 2008 9:55PM
Superbly caught
derekv 14 3 England
2 Mar 2008 10:28PM
Cracking shot, superbly caught, Andy, sharp as a needle !
Herge88 14 40 6 England
2 Mar 2008 10:39PM
This is a great capture, love it.

Best Matt
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 10:49PM
A remarkable image, Andy; it's always good to have a few spare shots in the can for a 'rainy day', especially when they're of this photographic and dramatic quality. Not that my hard drive is overstocked at the moment, you understand. Sad

I'm a bit surprised that Moira did not start talking recipes when she saw this one....

Best wishes,
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
2 Mar 2008 11:20PM
Beautiful capture of this difficult subject with the hard blacks and whites; well done Andy.
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
2 Mar 2008 11:36PM
Hi Andy, This is my first time to see such a good H.M.
I saw your beautiful gallery. Thanks for sharing. I like it.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
2 Mar 2008 11:46PM
Lovely shot Andy - super sharp.
csr 14 3 England
3 Mar 2008 12:27AM
FAB captured great detail good timing
Rogerex 15 32 12 Australia
3 Mar 2008 1:42AM
A great catch. I've never even heard of these birds before.
SKavanagh 14 312 5 England
3 Mar 2008 4:06AM
Excellent capture Andywell done
chrissd 16 304 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 5:25AM
superb piece of timing Andy, nice one
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
3 Mar 2008 6:12AM
What a perfectly timed capture, Andy, and I hope the next four days go very quickly for you! Carol
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 6:40AM
great shot
well caught
lostintime 13 13 6 Germany
3 Mar 2008 7:49AM
Lovely capture, super light and detail.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
3 Mar 2008 8:05AM
Superb posure

phil_j 15 134 4 England
3 Mar 2008 8:53AM
Great shot Andy, what a little poser!!. Excellent timing to get this.

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 10:23AM
What a proud specimen!
Super timing, great shot.
Cabit 14 104 England
3 Mar 2008 10:54AM
Cracking capture, nice one.
janty66 14 3 England
3 Mar 2008 11:07AM
well timed, stunning capture..
Nettles 14 England
3 Mar 2008 1:46PM
Well, what a character he is, so funny.
Great fun capture, well it made me smile anyway.
microchip 14 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 2:01PM
Excellent Andy a cracking capture,
GlynnisFrith 15 23 3 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 7:44PM
This is a cracking shot such great detail
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 7:47PM
Brilliant capture
we had a hedgehog in our garden no frog spawn its late this year
rmr 14 1 Wales
3 Mar 2008 9:57PM
stunning capture
well done andy
Dotrob 16 Wales
3 Mar 2008 11:54PM
Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
4 Mar 2008 12:47AM
4 Mar 2008 9:44AM
Lovely timing!
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
4 Mar 2008 11:38AM
Excellent shot,well timed and captured.............

Possum 15 148 England
4 Mar 2008 4:41PM
This is a wonderful shot, Andy - great timing to catch this spectacular pose.
Well I can't say I've even seen one of those before! Cracking shot!

whiteswan01 13 13 England
27 Apr 2008 12:00AM
awesome well caught

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