Seven-Years Ago (31-January-2013) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2013 Chasing the Northern Lights. Day 3: Bergen then Embarkation on the Northbound Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp Norwegian Coastal Voyage.

Prior to embarking on the Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp for a wintertime Norwegian Coastal Voyage, I spent the morning doing a walkabout in Bergen, Norway. During the walkabout I observed three birds. Several Mallard ducks, and an unknown Gull.

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Mallard Duck swimming in a pond. Bergen, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Mallard Duck swimming in a pond. Bergen, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Gull on top of a statue in Bergen, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Thirteen-Years Ago (29-January-2007) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2007 Family Winter Vacation. Day 9: Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound (Båtsfjord to Kirkenes) then Southbound (Kirkenes to Berlevåg).

There were a dozen or so Black-tailed Ducks swimming in the icy waters as we departed Kirkenes, Norway on the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald. It was cold enough out that ice was forming on the surface of the salt water.

Long-tailed Duck from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald while departing Kirkenes, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Long-tailed Duck from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald while departing Kirkenes, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Long-tailed Duck from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald while departing Kirkenes, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec). (David J Mathre)
Long-tailed Duck from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald while departing Kirkenes, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec). (David J Mathre)

Thirteen-Years Ago (25-January-2007) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2007 Winter Family Vacation. Day 5: Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound (Trondheim and Rørvik).

While we were docked in Trondheim I noticed a number of ducks in the water. One of them appeared to be a Mallard Duck. I didn’t realize that the Mallards ranged into Europe. Today, I think I could have taken a sharper image.

Mallard Duck from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald while docked in Trondheim, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Duck from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald while docked in Trondheim, Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (26-August-2007) – Colorado

Summertime Nature in Colorado.

Mother duck and eight ducklings resting in the middle of Lily Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). You can see the ducks as tiny specks in the panoramic image of Lily lake I took a few minutes earlier.

Mother Duck and Eight Ducklings Resting in the Middle of Lilly Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J. Mathre)
Mother Duck and Eight Ducklings Resting in the Middle of Lilly Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J. Mathre)

Eight-Years Ago (05-September-2006) — Washington

Gone to See America 2006 Driving Tour. Day 11: North Cascade National Park, Lake Chelan, Washington.

My best image from 2006. Female Mallard Duck on Lake Chelan. Image taken with a Nikon D200 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec).

Female Mallard Duck on Lake Chelan. Image taken with a Nikon D200 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Female Mallard Duck on Lake Chelan. Image taken with a Nikon D200 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)