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American Avocet


American Avocet
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-11 16:04
Viewed: 1375
Points: 10
[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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Bonsoir John,

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.
Merci. Yolande

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-05-11 21:47]

Hi John,
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.
TFS

Regards
Ron

Bonjour John
Superbe capture de cet Avocet avec son incroyable bec effilé et recourbé.Belle lumière douce argentée.Bravo John!Catherine

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-05-12 3:35]

Hi John,
Thanks for the introduction. Very nice photo. Good natural colors and details. A beautiful bird. Well composed. TFS Julie

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-05-12 13:39]

Hi John,

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?

Best regards,
Werner

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