Hooded Merganser by Ryan Mense
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Hooded Merganser

May 15, 2019

A pair of hoodies saw me and didn't fly away! It was already a miracle; these fellers are real skiddish. They swam to the other end of the pond and around a bend which gave me time to lay down and get prepared. After five or ten minutes sure enough they came back around. Buuuut the way I was laying turned out to be a big problem... I couldn't really see them in the viewfinder because of the awkward angle I was laying in. I could only kind of tell they were in focus with my peripheral vision but had no clue on what poses I was shooting. I had to spray and pray which just can't work with skiddish birds because the more the mirror flaps the closer they are to leaving. Unfortunately most of the shots were bad head angles and preening.

Captured with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x III on May 14, 2019 at 7:54 PM. I used AI Servo AF mode and multi-segment metering. Auto WB setting.

Raw processed in DPP4. NR, sharpening, and crop in PS.

Canon-1D Mark IV
700mm · f/5.6 · 1/400s · ISO 800
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Ruth Carll's picture

Before I read your description, I was going to write the exact same first line! Great photograph of an elusive, beautiful bird.