Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We're Outta Here!/ Watery Wednesday


A female with two male common mergansers, photo taken last Saturday

This photo was a challenge. The males were swimming quietly and easy to capture with my lens. BUT the female was darting in and out, moving forward, turning around.  She was a "Nervous Nellie!"

Two common mergansers not at all impressed by me and my camera

I think this photo looks like a cartoon: the splashing water, the female's "hair-do." What do you think?

   You can find more photos celebrating Watery Wednesday at http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com

 

42 comments:

nice A said...

Very nice captures of the common mergansers. Haven't seen the real ones. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly K said...

I am going to post some Canadian geese today -- I saw another blog today with water birds too!

Small City Scenes said...

Bertha, we can't be seen with you today--your hairdo is just too wild.

Nice pics. I am glad you waited until 'Bertha' settled down and you got your shot. MB

Kelly K said...

http://nundadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/03/follow-me.html

Here's the geese!

B SQUARED said...

Perhaps she was shopping.

see you there! said...

I think she's trying to get them on the move and they are just ... I dunno, watching sports on tv or something.

Darla

George said...

I think that second photo is just great. It was nice of the female to allow you to get her picture.

judi said...

They are such funny ducks.
Last year I was obsessed with ducks.
I even got a shot of one of these. not easy. Those females are flipping busy.

cieldequimper said...

Women... ;-)
Excellent shots both.

Tom said...

I have very rarely seen these birds over here... yet we do get them.. you have captured them so well.

Craver Vii said...

Hahahaha! I love how they're running on the water!

Rose said...

I think it so strange how some birds of the same species can be so nervous and others are not scared at all! Is it because some have been around humans more....I suppose that is it.

ewok1993 said...

Love everything about these two images.

Pagan Sphinx said...

These are great! Perhaps the lady will soon be laying??

Paulie said...

Great photos -- I think you have to be there to "get" the cartoon feel.

Luna said...

I think too that second photo is just great.
Happy Easter...Luna

ksdoolittle said...

I think the photos came out just great! I tried unsuccessfully to capture the Red-breasted Mergansers, now they are paired off and leaving, 2 by 2! As a matter of fact, I didn't see any out in the harbor today at all. But, 4 Great Blues fly overhead!! FOY!!! ~ks

James said...

I love the bottom photo because of the reflection and the great action. Great shots.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Those are beautiful water birds - we do not have those here where I live.

Jenn Jilks said...

Aren't they great? I love them. Especially dancing on the water.

lisaschaos said...

It does look like a cartoon, lol. They are pretty! Even if she was being a little ornery.

A Garden of Threads said...

Good shots, even if all the models were not co-operating.

Ebie said...

Nervous Nellie was debating which one she would follow. Then I remember Beyonce's song, to the left, to the left....

The second photo is just a jaw dropping shot!

Becky and Gary said...

Super shots EG. I love photographing Mergansers. They're a challange for sure.
B.

Jacob said...

Love it! It's just ducky! How come the female has two males? Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? ;-)

SandyCarlson said...

Bye, guys. Your gorgeous!

eden said...

Great shots. Love the second photo the most. The reflection is also fantastic.

Grace and Bradley said...

I love the picture of the bird taking off. You caught them just at the right moment.

LDH said...

Well maybe the mergansers weren't impressed with your photography but I sure am! Lovely shots!

luna miranda said...

me thinks these photos are fabulous. love the captured motion in the last photo.

Martha Z said...

Great captures of the mergansers, in the second shot they're walking on water.

NatureFootstep said...

very good photos of the merganses.
I like this bird. We have then too. :)

Kathy said...

Ducks seem to be all the range these days! And what great comments you've gotten for your pictures.

hobbyentusiast said...

Lovely pictures.

JOE TODD said...

Cartoon no postcard yes.. Have a great day

momgen said...

Pretty just pretty shot. Happy watery Wednesday.

Mine is here

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots. That second one is such an amazing capture that I appreciate. I always seem to miss shots like that.

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shot of birds in water.

Ms. Bake-it said...
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Ms. Bake-it said...

Cute post! Great shots of the common mergansers. I have never seen them before. Love her crown of glory!

~ Tracy

Johnny Nutcase said...

mergansers are so pretty! I haven't managed to get any pictures of them here, but we did see quit a few the other day. Great post :)

Hilda said...

The female's hairdo was the first thing I noticed! On the punk-ish side, isn't she? A girl after my own heart. :D

Love how you caught the males in the second photo just before take-off — running on water!

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