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Three's a Crowd - Hooded Mergansers by Nambroth Three's a Crowd - Hooded Mergansers by Nambroth
A pair of Hooded Mergansers cruise along in a winter tributary; a second male jealously enters the picture.

This painting was my entry for North Carolina's duck stamp competition this year. It placed 5th! An honor!

SPECIAL THANKS to :iconmanojalpa: for sponsoring me for this competition. Without her I could not have afforded to enter! Thank you!!!
Additional special thanks to Peter Massas, who gave kind permission for me to take inspiration from a few of his photos!
I also used about 34,200 of my photos of eclipse drakes and hens as reference.

Acrylic on board, 16" x 20"
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:iconcillana:
Cillana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work! Love the addition of the intruder male. Makes it more interesting.
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Hansices Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Nice photo... wait wuuuuut
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:iconhapeters86:
hapeters86 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I really love the colors and the autumn glow. This is a stunning piece. 
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:iconahau2:
Ahau2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconzaellrin:
Zaellrin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!!!
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GargoyleGardens Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I love mergansers <3 You did a wonderful job on this!
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:iconkayandjay100:
kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a glorious painting! :deviation: :iconflowerheartplz: Coco
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:iconmubiu:
MuBiU Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013   General Artist
only 5th ? What did the others do to deserve better than THIS ?
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:iconferretoonce:
ferretoonce Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
the water is beautiful....if I was a duck I would want to be a merganser
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:iconpuppies22401:
Puppies22401 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I can't paint water at all!
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:iconrhcheng:
RHCheng Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Photographer
Gorgeous work, excellent job~!
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:iconwwu:
wwu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Wonderful!

Watercolor Painting?

I've seen Acrylic & Watercolor emulate each other.
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is acrylic. :)
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:iconemazon:
Emazon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
That is so incredibly amazing!! It's so well done its lie a photograph
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have featured your wonderful work here:[link] :rose:
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're most welcome :D
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:iconkarliosi:
karliosi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
magnificent.
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:iconwyld-art-photography:
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favourite little ducks!!!!!!!!
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:iconbrennanba:
BrennanBA Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful, you've even managed to capture the way they look as they swim; half sinking into the water.
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:iconj-hump:
J-Hump Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice.
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:iconflormonte:
Flormonte Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
how awesome!
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Eregyrn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Just lovely! I particularly love the addition of how the light is handled, coming in strong from the right.

I love hooded mergansers so much. The first time I ever saw them, during a brief period in which they stopped over at a river nearby, in February, I was just enchanted. I had never really seen waterfowl besides the most common usual suspects before, and they just seemed so extremely exotic, with their tiny size and those wild head displays. They're awesome.
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:iconjennife22:
jennife22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!!
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:icontrinitite:
Trinitite Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Stunning detail and lighting! I thought it was a photograph at first glance!
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:iconhelens-serendipity:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning!
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:iconxfkirsten:
xfkirsten Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful job! The quality of light in this is just stunning!
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:iconsilvercrossfox:
silvercrossfox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow! This is beautiful.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello B-) Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of January. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very interesting work!
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turtlemaroon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You should paint muscovy ducks, now those are truly gorgeous. :)
Lovely painting by the way. It looks extremely realistic. :wow:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
perfect
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Oh this is lovely, beautiful colour harmonies. Congrats on your placing!!
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really thought this was a photo. You do such tremendous wildlife!
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:iconharpyja:
harpyja Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love your Duck Paintings, they are always adorable.
The shades are so soft, do you use some kind of finish?
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
No, I scanned this before I varnished it, so this is straight up acrylic paint. :)
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:iconbergamont27:
bergamont27 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
painted well
interesting
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:icon3dart-apo:
3dArt-APO Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
nice work
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:iconsusanjo:
susanjo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I can't believe how good this is!! The movement!! The vibrancy!! The detail!! Outstanding!
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RedDrgn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love the warm coloration and fall-like feel...it's not a scenario within which we ever get to see/enjoy these birds in our area. We've only been seeing these lovely waterfowl out on the water with us for about 1.5 months now. They're winter visitors to our area, along with numerous other birds, so they're like frosty-weather feathered treats. :XD:
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MoonlitViolins Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're so cute!
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:iconarcheopteryx-lyrica:
Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love Mergansers! Lovely work! The lighting is so warm and serene.
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Veiled-Bride Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O IT LOOKS LIKE A PHOTOGRAPH.
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SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Excellent :-)
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The reflections in the water *melts* I'm always so stunned by your work. Congratulations on placing so high!
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely wonderful work! :aww:
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1Bench Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
5th?...you were robbed...lol
Wonderful composition and perceived detailing
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Wonderful! This is one of the prettiest of all duck species ... which is saying a lot! Great painting!
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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