Common Merganser Males

Today’s post features some of the many ducks we constantly had around us during my January “Wintering Bald Eagle” photo workshop on the Mississippi River. We had several species of ducks present, but the overwhelming majority were Common Mergansers. Today, I’m featuring the adult males; I have some of the females that I will feature in a separate post.

Here are some of my favorite images captured of the males.

A merganser with a recently caught fish:

Adult male Common Merganser with fish

While relocating to another area of the river, the ducks would sometimes fly very close to where we were standing (I love this next image as the water droplets are still glistening on his underside as he flies overhead):

Adult male Common Merganser

And in this final image, it is always fun to watch the birds that lift off the water by first running across the water:

Adult male Common Mergansers

Coming up … the female Common Merganser.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (all photos)
  • Aperture f/8 (top photo) and f/5.6 (bottom 2 photos)
  • Shutter 1/1600 second (all photos)

 

 

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Posted in 2016, Bird Photography, Birds, Blog, Nature Photography, Photography Workshop, Travel Photography
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