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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Goosander

Here's a bumper post for the new year; and the first WBW of 2012.


I've recently spent some great moments in the company of some Goosanders.

Beautiful birds; although I guess the fishermen don't think so.








and a video too.












I hope this new year is everything, and more, that you wish for yourselves.


46 comments:

  1. I do enjoy the video but appreciate the stills much more. All brilliant today.

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  2. Really good compant you're in too!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. What a beautiful bird and a great way to start your new year.

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  4. Loved the series of shots and the video! Capturing that splash, with the sprays of water...beautiful!

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  5. Nice photos and video. Their wings almost look too small to carry them in flight. I had three red-breasted mergansers on my lake that fished cooperatively along the edge, driving the fish to the shallow water near shore.

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  6. Beautiful photos! I love the water spray!

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  7. Great stuff Keith look forward to more of your posts this coming year.

    Cheers Bob

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  8. wow, that s so great to see this all, I love it, have a great time and I hope, you are well, big hugh Kathrin

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  9. A tranquil way to begin my day :)

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  10. Very nice, I've seen one or two but never been close enough for a decent shot.

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  11. Lovely images of the Goosander Keith.

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  12. such cool looking birds! similar to the mergansers - full of pluck!

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  13. Wow these are great shots Keith. Still did not see them in 2012, but it's probably a bit cold for them nowadays....
    Happy new year mate...

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  14. well, now I learned something new. Never heard the name Goosander before, thought it was Common merganser. :)

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  15. Cool shots and video of your goosanders. They look exactly like our Red-breasted Mergansers.

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  16. ...as I was looking at your photos I was thinking this bird looks a lot like our Common Merganser, so when I looked up Goosander, I found out it was the same duck...just a different name over the pond. Beautiful...and I love the variety in video. Hearing the bird sounds and other ducks in the background is nice.

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  17. Beautiful color on the bird. I especially like the photos with the bird making the water fly up.

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  18. Great looking bird that Goosander!!
    Excellent way to start the new yr.

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  19. I had not heard of this bird..it looks like a grebe..loved the video as I could hear the mallards too...

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  20. Screw the fishermen - all over the Globe!
    Those are some real Beauties again!
    I should hop on over on my broomstick to enjoy them (and put them on my Lifelist :P)
    Lovely photos!

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  21. Thanks Adrian. I even had a bit of sun while taking those pictures.

    Thank you Gary. Great company indeed. :-)

    Thank you Linda. :-)

    Nature Rambles, thank you.

    Ken, thanks. A very similar bird. Lovely to watch them like that.

    heyBJK, thank you.

    Thank you Bob.

    Thanks Kathrin. All the best to you. :-)

    Gemel, thank you. :-)

    Thank you Paul. Yea, they can be very wary at times.

    Thanks Roy.

    Thanks Theresa :-)

    Thank you Chris. All the best to you and your family too for 2012.

    NatureFootstep, thank you. Same bird I think , we just call it a different name here for some reason.

    Eileen, thank you. Very similar birds, but subtle differences.

    Thank you Kelly. Life would be much easier if we adopted the same name ID's lol

    Thank you Mick.

    Thanks Sondra. :-)

    Rambling Woods, thank you.

    Thanks Nicole. We have a few round here at the moment; I'll send some over to you lol

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  22. Hi there - I remember the first time I saw these birds - on the Tyne at Gateshead. I had no idea what they were - I got rather excided as I recall.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  23. Beautiful shots of the Common Merganser taking a bath! Love your video too - they are such fun birds to watch.

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  24. Thanks Stewart. Yea, they're lovely birds to see. I still get excited when I see them.

    Thanks Modesto. :-)

    Thank you Hilke :-)

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  25. Wonderful photos of this guy! I really love the second one. Enjoyed the video too. Thanks for your comment on my blog!

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  26. Beautiful shots of the mergansers -- nice light too!

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  27. Thank you Barbara; you're welcome.

    Thanks Pat.

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  28. They look like a great company to spend time with:)
    Love your photos!
    Happy New Year to you:)
    j.

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  29. Some wonderful captures there, great series of shots.

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  30. My gosh fantastic pictures, both still and moving! I never heard of a goosander before; I thought at first it was a kind of play on the words goose and gander. He's a beauty of a bird.

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  31. These are just breath taking. I love the water splash. It looks so refreshing.. and Ya!!! I can finally comment on your blog. I have tried and tried.
    Its fixed.
    Happy New Year . May your camera always be in hand and your card always full

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  32. Wonderful series of images - great action shots!! Well done

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  33. Thank you Joo :-)

    Pieces of Sunshine, thank you :-)

    Thanks Sallie. :-)

    Thanks Lisa. All the best to you too :-)

    Thank you Liz :-)

    ladyfi, thank you :-)

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  34. We have enough of those morons, thanks..
    Here they shoot at anything that flies. Endangered species or not,.. :/

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  35. Such a shame Nicole that there are still people that think slaughtering animals is 'fun'.

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  36. Just a few weeks back they killed a bunch of Flamingos.
    And soon migration kicks in again,... :(

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  37. Brilliant, the female Goosander is a winner.

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  38. nice pics. i never see them close enough

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  39. Thanks Bob. She's a pretty lady.

    Thank you Pete. They're quite shy usually.

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  40. Great photos Keith. Not a bird I see very regularly though I definitely would like to.

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  41. Thanks Adam. At the moment, we have a few regulars here for the winter months.

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  42. Great post on the Goosanders Keith! I always enjoy watching the Common Mergansers as we call them over here. I really like that second wings spread photo of the female. Beautiful! I also enjoyed the video, especially the last part with the females bathing and preening.

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  43. Thanks Larry. They're certainly a special bird. I love seeing them here.

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