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Pomarine Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger
Photo Information
Copyright: Caroline Mousel (pirate--s) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 4 N: 135] (880)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 17-85 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 2:48
Viewed: 4548
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pomarine Jaeger or Pomarine Skua does not normaly occur in Luxembourg.Due to heavy weather conditions on the North Sea,this bird has been deported far inland ( ~350km from the Sea Coast ) where it was found exhausted and died 2 days later.

from wikipedia:

This species breeds in the far north of Eurasia and North America. It nests on arctic tundra and islands, laying 2-3 olive-brown eggs in grass lined depressions. Like other skuas, it will fly at the head of a human or other intruder approaching its nest. Although it cannot inflict serious damage, the experience is frightening and painful. It is a migrant, wintering at sea in the tropical oceans. It has many harsh chattering calls and others which sounds like which-yew.

This bird feeds on lemmings and other rodents on the breeding grounds and also robs gulls, terns and even Gannets of their catches; it will also kill birds up to the size of Common Gull. Like most other skua species, it continues this piratical behaviour throughout the year, showing great agility as it harasses its victims.

martic, PaulH, darwin, pirate, ramthakur, Alex99, grimmel, falke, flashpoint, Patleboss, nainnain, kjpweb, hester has marked this note useful
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Hi Pirate's
DOF and sharpness just perfect, lovely catchlight and nice eye contact
great portrait

Bonjour Caroline,
Magnifique portrait de goeland, superbe détails dans le plumage et bonnes couleurs, j'aime beaucoup l'ensemble et le contact de l'oeil

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-14 3:23]

Hi Caroline,
very impressive, pin sharp detail and perfect DOF. The neutral background works very well and the composition is excellent. Great work.

Hello Caroline
Perfect portrait
Crystal clear image
Pin sharp details and nice catchlight
tfs jon

Hello Caroline,
This is a lovely profile portrait of a majestic bird!
The proud expression is well recorded, super sharp details and the subject is nicely enhanced by the non-intrusive background!
Pablo -

Yet another fine portrait of another exotic bird, Caroline.
The details are just perfect and the colours very natyral.
TFS and regards.

Excelente enfoque Caroline y con muy
buena profundidad. Naturalidad en los
colores: Un fondo adecuado.


Hi Caroline, superb portrait with great details, beautiful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-14 8:34]

Hello Caroline,
A Pomarine Jaeger (skua) in Luxembourg! I couldn't believe it until I read your note, as it is not the kind of species of bird that can be kept in captivity and if it were in captivity I wouldn't be writing this critique. But this is special: a perfect close portrait of an exhausted bird blown inland by the storms.
Excellent use of flash with extraordinary sharpness showing every detail of the head. The best way to photograph a hand-held bird.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-14 9:00]

Hi Caroline.
What a wonderful portrait of the cute skua. I like true portrait pose of the bird, POV and framing. Details, sharpness and colour reproduction are the great. Even simple grey BG is looked perfectly and harmonize with main subject. My compliments and TFS.

hi caro,
incredible sharp and detailed portrait.
great clarity.
very good framing and a nice,calm BG.
tip top.
TFS carole

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-11-14 13:34]

This is just an amazing photo! Lovely detailed plumage and a brilliant eye. To bad it all ended the way it did......

Best regards/Bengt

wonder portrait and very nice details
good framing and DOF perfect
compliments Caroline

cheers sERGIO

Wouaw Caroline, splendide portrait avec des détails magnifiques et de très belles couleurs naturelles,
bravo et merci,

salut CARO
excellente macro, de tres bons détails dans le plumage et couleurs de l'oiseau bien nette, bravo, merci a toi

Very good - like this one even better than the later one! Great focus here! Cheers, Klaus

bopnjour caroline
ce portrait est excellent,je le prefere a celui poster en dernier car le piqué est meilleur.
bravo et bon week end.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-17 2:39]

Hi Caroline, this is a very good shot of the Pomarine. It is very clear, clean and sharp. Wonderful focus with a perfect exposure and all is sharp, especially that beak. Good light on the eye. Nice composition.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-22 10:53]

Hi Caroline

Wonderful close up, sharp shot with amazing details. Well composed and with a lovely catchlight in the eye



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