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Hooded Merganser (Drake)

Photographed this Drake Hooded Merganser at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Michigan. The pond this guy was in is feed by Wintergreen Lake. Didn't have my shutter speed as high as I'd like as I was using fill flash because it was overcast and there wasn't any wing flap activity (until this shot!) Able to get a pleasing wing blur to convey some motion so I was happy. The green reflection in the pond was some surrounding shrubs that still had green on them and hadn't dropped their leaves yet.

 

*Amazing Wildlife Photography, Photo of the Day 11/10/12

*National Wildlife Federation, Photo of the day 11/19/12

 

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Taken on November 3, 2012