Steve Troletti Photography: Mergus - Merganser / Harle &emdash; Female Common Merganser / Harle bièvre femelle

Female Common Merganser swimming in Lake Neuchâtel. Image taken in the area of Font located between Estavayer-le-lac and Cheyres along La Grande Cariçaie, right below Châbles. (Canton de Fribourg, Switzerland)
The Common Mergansers are shy and timid. They usually avoid close proximity to humans in Lake Neuchâtel. Lucky for me the lake is fairly shallow. This allowed me to walk a fair distance from the beach and wait for the birds to come closer.
Nikon D800 with AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR on a Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod in 4 feet (1.3M) of water

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