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The Snow Bunting at -18 celcius

The Snow Bunting at -18 celcius
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/8, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-13 17:09
Viewed: 2996
Points: 30
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hello friends, today i did few shots of Snow Buntings,
i keept 3 of that shots, it was a first time for me that
i was shooting with succes these small birds in photo

and today i had to suffer to get this image,
first these birds are very fearful, on a country road
i was following a group of them, i did'nt love
to shoot them by my car, so i decide to go out
from my car and outside it was -18 celcius !
i had gloves, but gloves that i can manipulate
my camera, they where not gloves to protect
my fingers from the hard cold...

these birds being fearful, i did my approach
by walking in my knees, it took few minutes,
all the friends of this bird they fly up, he stayed only
looking to his friends, i did my shut, i was happy,
but my fingers where frozen, ayayay, i went
to the car and stayed there more then 30 minutes
with the hitting of the car at his highest

i suffer to get this image, but i am happy,
photo shot with my D-SLR-Like bridge style
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, ISO400, RAW format

from the Canadian Museum of Nature website :


« Snow Buntings breed across the Arctic regions
of the world, and they are migratory. In Canada,
their appearance in the more southerly parts
of the country heralds the approach of winter.
They usually begin their return to their Arctic
breeding grounds in early spring. Typically, a pair
will produce four to seven young per year.

Snow Buntings are usually seen in small flocks
in open fields and along shorelines, where they
feed mainly on seeds. A sizeable flock swirling
over a field in winter can be a spectacular sight.

They are usually 15 cm (6 in.) long,
and have a wingspan of 30 cm (1 ft.). »



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-13 17:22]

Hi Asbed,

We both know this is a picture I would never be able to shoot! Brrrrrrr It was worth your pain and suffering because it's a great shot. The Snow Bunting looks wonderful sitting on the snow bank overlooking the very snowy field. I love the open beak, the sparkle in the eye and the good details. I get cold looking at this:-)


Great job! You managed to snap a good clean pose. I admire your determination! I know just how freezing fingers feel while holding a freezing cold camera. I always carry "Hotties" in my pocket. They are chemical hand warming packets. They work really well for warming up numb fingers. They also make them to put in your boots. At least you, and we, were rewarded for your effort. Be careful now!!! We'd miss you too much on TN if you should freeze somewhere!!!!!

Evelyn : )

Well you go figure..on Monday night we are supposed to be -16 F...and the wind tonight with 15 F is 20MPH...I am frozen in...and power has been on and off all day...and this image almost reminds me of how I feel:-) Exception being that I cannot fly off! And it does have sun with a nice side lighting!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-13 22:29]

Hi Asbed

I have only seen these birds in the high arctic - great pose with beautiful lighting.


Hi Asbed,

nice capture from this snow bunting.
This bird are standing inn good position on the picture.
bautiful colors.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-13 23:43]
  • [+]

Hello Asbed,
Another fine capture in the snow, this time of one of my favourite species, the Snow Bunting!
Here it is really caught on the snow, taken with fine lighting, great snow structure and light management. I like the way it is calling and the catchlight in the eye. You did well to battle with the cold to take this.
Well done and TFS this beauty,

Hi Asbed, another wondeful nda fantastic capture of a beauty on snow. This is also reflects a x-mas mood:) Right?
TFS. Have a nice Sunday mny friend!

Bonjour Asbed,
Toujours aussi courageux pour braver le froid et nous presenter cette belle espece.
tres bonne composition et excellent focus

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-14 5:39]

Hello Asbed,
what a good capture in the precise momment of this
snow buntings.
Great perspective
Have a good day

Great shot...you're a brave photographer to get out in that cold. Us Texans prefer to hibernate when the temperatures drop close to freezing.
Lovely shot. A fascinating subject.

Ciao Asbed, brrr, poor little bird in the snow.... very cold composition, congratulations for this wonderful capture, great determination, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Asbed,

J'ai toujours voulu voir ces oiseaux mais jmais eu cette chance. Il faut que j'aille me promener dans le coin de Mirabel, il semble que ce soit là que ça se passe! C'est une belle capture lumineuse de cet oiseau superbe! Merci!

Bonjour Asbed,
Thank you for your extreme effort to have this bunting well cptured in freezing point!
the subject looks nice against the white snow!
a good sharpness as well
well done

Yet another beautiful shot, Asbet.The bunting looks sad and lost, singing for a mate...I guess.
Very well done!

Hello Asbed

I see large flocks of these birds everyday in the winter,but they are hard to get a good picture of.
You have done well with good detail.
The plumage markings and colours show well.
Good job.


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