Common Merganser hunting close up in Salt Lake County, Utah

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Common Merganser hunting close upCommon Merganser hunting close up – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Two days ago I was surprised by being able to photograph a Common Merganser hunting close to the shoreline of a nearby pond in Salt Lake County. So far this winter the mergansers at that pond have been fairly skittish and haven’t come close enough to be able to produce frame filling,  high quality images but this one came up so close while it was fishing that I almost could not focus on it.

Common Merganser close upCommon Merganser close up – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The reason may be that this appears to be a hatch year, female Common Merganser and like other young birds it may not have develop a fear of humans yet. Whatever the reason for it being so close I had to take close up images and I couldn’t fit the entire bird in the frame. The merganser swam off after I had taken about two dozen images.

The pond was frozen over yesterday so unless the weather warms up enough to defrost some of the ice on the pond I may not be down there photographing birds for a while.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Humming bird lover December 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Hi! sweetie!

    Such a pretty Bird! Great Shooting! Reminds me of the pair that came to Jim & Teresa! Here in Va.! Sunny here today! Have a great day! Love mom

  2. Patty Chadwick December 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I envy their naivete…

  3. Bob McPherson December 20, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Gorgeous images, Mia.

  4. Joan December 20, 2016 at 5:58 am

    This one up close and personally saying hello and happy holidays to you Mia! Pretty image. To me, in the second photo the flow of water in front of the bird resembles a feather.

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