|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|For those who have never seen one, allow me to introduce you to an American Avocet. I saw this elegant bird at Frank Lake, Alberta yesterday. That was the first time that I've been able to get close enough to one for a decent photo. It is a large, long-legged shorebird that stands about 45 cm (18 in) tall. I believe that the one in my photo is a male, since the bird that he was with is lighter coloured on her head and neck. Their upturned bill is "just the right shape for skimming food off the surface of shallow waters." (From the Birds of Alberta Field Guide.)|
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Un oiseau joliment posé presque sur l'eau.
Belle couleur de plumes. Quel bec éfilé!!!
Il se mire à peine dans l'eau, les reflets effleurent le bas de l'image. Composition gentille.
- [2010-05-11 21:47]
have never seen one,so thanks for posting this one with such clarity & sharpness. I thought at first he was a small bird ,until I read your notes,he's as big as some herons.Well caught,IMHO.
Superbe capture de cet Avocet avec son incroyable bec effilé et recourbé.Belle lumière douce argentée.Bravo John!Catherine
- [2010-05-12 3:35]
Thanks for the introduction. Very nice photo. Good natural colors and details. A beautiful bird. Well composed. TFS Julie
- [2010-05-12 13:39]
I've never seen one of these, what a beautiful bird. A super sharp capture, with the bird nicely positioned in the frame so that there is room for him to walk into. I know it's difficult to photograph wild birds like this, excellent job. Did you get any shots with the whole reflection?