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#365 Hooded Merganser | by bsmity13
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#365 Hooded Merganser

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus: Lophodytes

Species: Lophodytes coerulescens

 

Natural Area Teaching Lab (NATL), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

 

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Welcome to my Flickr 365 Project! I’m calling it my 365 Species Project, because for each day of the year, I will post a photo of a different species of organism... My goal was to accomplish all of this in 2013, but I soon found out that it was more daunting a task than I'd realized. Instead, my new goal is to get through 365 by the end of 2014, still an impressive average of a new species every other day for two years.

 

Today is New Year's Eve, and I'm so happy to be sharing the final photo with you! What can I say that will properly wrap-up this project that has been in my life for the past two years??? I'm so proud of the way it has turned out. There is still lots of room for improvement (a few of the photos are terrible), but the change I've seen since the beginning has been massive. I'm really proud of how much I've grown as a wildlife photographer, and I'm really proud of how much I've learned. This project has accomplished exactly what I hoped it would!

 

There are too many people to thank here. They've all put up with my requests for detours and long stops on my various trips. Included in this project are two trips to Africa, one trip to Belize, a trip to California and Oregon, and lots and lots of photos from all over Florida. Many people helped me on each and every one of these adventures. I'd like to thank all of my Flickr friends for views, comments, and favorites. Many of you have been so encouraging! So thank YOU!!!

 

I don't know what my next project will be, but I hope it will be as good as this one. I will continue shooting and posting, so I hope you all continue to watch my Photostream for the latest updates. If you haven't kept up with the Project, take a moment to look through a few of the highlights in the album. And if you're interested, I'm planning to randomly post some of the very best of the project to my (relatively new) Instagram account, @bsmity13.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FLICKR FRIENDS!!! I hope 2015 will be even better than 2014 for all of us!!!

 

CHEERS!!!

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Taken on November 30, 2014