Hooded Merganser Sequence

I’ve been quite busy doing volunteer work for the Tacoma Audubon society, watching our new High Definition TV, and playing my new Wii. So, it’ll be at least tomorrow before I can get back to Borges.

Luckily, I wanted to post a few more of the pictures I managed to get on Sunday’s trip to Port Orchard. In particular, I liked some shots of one of my favorite ducks, the Hooded Merganser.

For some reason I was able to get quite close to the ducks, much closer than I’m usually able to get when I’ve seen them on lakes. This shot is particularly sharp, especially when seen full screen on my Cinema 24” monitor.

Male Hooded Merganser

While it might be the best “birding” shot, it’s not my favorite, though. I really liked the reflections on this one, even though the Merganser tends to get lost in them,

Hooded Merganser

but my favorite shot from the sequence was this one, perhaps because it’s the first time I’ve ever “seen” what a Hooded Merganser looks like in flight, but also because I loved the patterns created in the water when I panned to get the shot.

Flying Male Hooded Merganser

5 thoughts on “Hooded Merganser Sequence”

  1. I agree Loren, that last shot – and particularly the reflection in the water – is fantastic. Look forward to you getting back to Borges – I need to get my head round it and at my age it is good for me to have to think hard!!!

  2. Thank you so much for this lovely website, the writings and the photos. I made a copy of your Peace is every step commentary for a patient I am working with. I’d read the book many a long year ago and found in the session with her that Thich Nhat Hanh’s words kept coming to me so I googled the book and found your sight. Blessings. Mari

  3. When I see that chunky little bugger in flight, hood down, making a beeline for somewhere, I hear my father who’d get behind the wheel of his ’28 Nash roadster and say, “All right, let’s go home — head up, and tail over the dashboard.” The determination of that flashy little duck makes me smile, while the reflections in the water soothe my soul. Thanks, Loren.

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