July 10-09

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Red-breasted Merganser    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Kevin Henriksen
Running start    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Kevin Henriksen
Getting some lift    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Kevin Henriksen
And he's in the air    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Kevin Henriksen

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 07:35 am:

While visiting Isle Royale National Park, you run into a number of different critters and if you're prepared, you might come back with some dandy photos like these today. Kevin Henriksen captured a series of shots showing a Red-breasted Merganser in different stages of take-off. It's amazing how much speed these birds must achieve to take off and it looks like they can "run" on water to pick up that speed and gain lift-off into the wild blue yonder. Amazing photos of an amazing feat of nature. Kevin has more photos from around Isle Royale and other locals that he's visited. You can find them at his webpage: Scenicfotos.com.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 07:37 am:

Very cool pictures, indeed!!!!!

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 07:54 am:

We see flocks of mergansers off-shore at our cabin outside Cheboygan in May. Seney wildlife refuge in the U.P. is also a good place to see waterfowl.

The diving ducks, like mergansers, do need to run along the water before take-off. In general, the better a swimmer the duck is, the worse it is at walking; a loon is not at all good on land & I remember reading that it's name was dervied from "lame" in some scandanavian language.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 08:01 am:

Love the pictures. Incredible how they can take off from the water. Beautiful.

We are getting ready to go downtown for free day at the hydroplane races. Today is the day you can get right down by the boats. My sweetie told me that will be another 300 pictures. ;O)

By Serena Sturm (Serena) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 08:10 am:

Awesome pics today!! Thanks for sharing.


By Lori Houle (Runnerlori) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 09:03 am:

WOW... Fantastic photos today. I am so impressed. Makes me wanna get out there with my camera and take some photos!

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 09:23 am:

Great pictures, Kevin, thank you!

By Mr. Wheatman (Wheatman) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 10:46 am:

Ahh the Red Breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator. Whilst not quintessential waterfowl fare, an ocular felicity on a quiescent lake indeed. Kudos on the series of fine shots.

Mr. Wheatman
South End

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 01:14 pm:

Well lookie there, Mr. Wheatman (Wheatman) is alive and well!
Long time no read. Welcome back!
We have been wondering where you were!

By Gordon Jelsma (Gjelsma) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 01:59 pm:

Wow! I guess it IS possible to walk on water.

By elm (Grampy) on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 04:00 pm:

Mr Wheatman is back! Wonderful. You were missed.

By Susan Caryl (Gilbsulmum) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 12:10 am:

Welcome back, Mr. Wheatman!

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