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Some Stolen Moments-and a “Lifer”

A “lifer” is a term used by birders for a sighting of a bird that you have never seen before. I took time after errands yesterday to visit a pond north of the city. There were a lot of geese there, some mallards and a flash of white way across the pond. A  Common Golden Eye? A Bufflehead? No, there were more markings. I took some photos of this dandy from a long way away, then walked around the circumference of the pond to try to get closer.People  walking their dogs paid a visit and there were some photos of close-up branches but I just did not have the footing to get down an incline through fairly dense under brush. Returning to the viewing site, I was delighted that the Mallards and this Hooded Merganser were coming to me, probably to be fed.

I may have seen a male Merganser before but only due to another person’s claim, not close enough to really see it for myself. I was delighted that he paid me a visit and can add him to my life list.This is one of the first shots zoomed in at 300 mm, and shot in manual mode when he was far away.

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These shots are taken when he came closer. Two are cropped but mostly no adjustments other than lighting.

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6 responses

  1. Just beatiful. Very nice find!

    November 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

  2. Debra

    Both the bird and the water are beautiful.

    November 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  3. He is gorgeous!

    November 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  4. Vera Johnson

    Wonderful photos of a beautiful bird!


    November 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm

  5. Congratulations on seeing your lifer and getting such great shots!! 😀

    November 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

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