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Female Red-breasted Merganser
This post is going to be a little bit longer than the other ones i usually do. It's gonna be more of a little behind the scene post, and how I was able to get close enough to take this shot with a 300 f4  with very little cropping of the image!

The key to get close enough,  is to know your subject! The closer you can get, the better images you are gonna get. The comfort zone of these ducks are around 200 -250 meters. If they hear anything or se you inside the circle,  they're gonna fly away and you are nowhere near to get the shot.

At high tide in the morning, they're very close to the coast line,  hunting for food. They dive regularly looking food usally for 15 seconds to half a minute at the time. My strategy with these ducks is to move closer when they are diving and then hide before they come up to the surface again. By using this strategy step by step, I was able to get as close as 20-25 meters and then hide between two rocks.

Now I am close enough to get great shots of them in their natural habitat. But that was not the kind of shot i had planned for today,  and now as soon they hear the sound of the shutter they're gonna fly away.

I had planned to shot a flight scene with them, that shouldn't be a problem anyway when I am that close.  Well the problem with that strategy is that they most likely are gonna fly away from me with the sun, and as they are flying,  they're probably going to fly in the wrong direction and a bad angle for the BIF.

So I waited, because I knew that they were usually not staying at the same place for a long time before they move on. I also knew that when they were moving they would most likely are  fly right in front of me in close range, because that is what they usually do when they're flying from this spot. And if they did that, everything would be perfect!  the sun, angle and shooting range.

And surely they did. All I had to do was to be prepared!  When I was shooting this scene,  they had probably been seeing me, so they flyed with full speed, but I have already gotten the shot I was hoping to get!

Too me this is what is the most fasinating with shooting wildlife. To know  your subject and appreciate it,  and getting close to the capture and the beauty.

Have a flying start of the weekend my friends! :-) 

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It's just perfect. Between Steinvik and Deset, Østerdalen, Hedemark. This part of the wood I pass by on my way to Rena river. There is something here I can not excactly describe that makes me stop and go out and just look. It's just perfect. This time I went here just to wait for the sun coming down into the trees. It happens only for a short time in the middle of the day in the winter.

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Moraine Lake in Banff National park, Canada.  Lake is like a mirror in the morning.
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"The Land of Fairy Tales" by Vittorio Poli: http://bit.ly/1mG1iJQ
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STRAWBERRY HILL FOREVER ~ VIEW TO BRATAN VOLCANO ~ BALI

It doesn't take long to discover the light in Bali, especially post sunrise, high up around the volcano craters and lakes - the sun skims the valley layers and rice terraces and plays with the low moving cloud. This shot taken this morning on another venue reccy day on the route between Lovina and Ubud, in the Strawberry Hill area.

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Happy World Environment Day! It's not easy being green, but these tips might help: http://bit.ly/SxtEgu #worldenvironmentday   #greenliving  
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gathering mares 256 by Ree Drummond / The Pioneer Woman on flic.kr/p/4kMiMK
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Moon over the forest  I am home for some days to plan a vacation starting on saturday. We will travel around Hardangervidda the big mountain area in the middle of South Norway and go on day trips into the mountains while staying at cheap camp cottages in the valleys around.  Map showing Hardangervidda: http://goo.gl/4jcQOH

This photo is from the hills over the river Rena in Østerdalen, Norway some days ago. Added to the Traveling in Norway album.

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