Learning to Fish

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Heather Mellon

Very nice composition and detail in this shot too Debra. The mergansers look very much at peace here and I like how you caught them peering across at the other ducklings. Well seen and captured.

Debra Plett

Thanks Heather, the mergansers like to swim close to the shore. They are extremely quiet so I am sure I missed several opportunities.

Jenny Stevens

Hi Debra: I really like the crop and composition of this shot. The ducks are really the focal point.

Debra Plett

Thank you Jenny I was trying to pull them in a little closer but it really didn’t make much difference.

Yves Langlois

Like very much that picture Debra. Like the framing you choose and the color tones adds a calm scenery mood.

Debra Plett

Thx Yves, I just wish I had noticed them when they were approaching instead of rounding the corner.


good birds to do i do not have a lot of ducks here now a lot of good detailing

Debra Plett

Thank you very much Jeff. there seems to be a lot of mergansers this year.

Late afternoon a female Merganser and her 5 ducklings swan under the dock and along the shoreline. Eventually rounding the corner where she had nested. Three ducklings are up close to mom and two are under a branch dipping their head into the water looking for minnows. My camera was not in close enough reach to get a picture of her approaching.
Taken By
Debra Plett
Taken On
July 27, 2022
merganser ducks ducklings dogtooth lake ontario water nature outdoors land wood sea ocean shoreline
  • Focal: 400
  • Lens Model: Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II (SAL70400G2)
  • Shutter speed: 0.000625 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 9

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