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The Snow Bunting in his winter habitat

The Snow Bunting in his winter habitat
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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: Nikon Coolpix P60, NiKKOR 5X OPTICAL ZOOM VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Small bird, big World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-14 19:57
Viewed: 4382
Points: 28
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hello friends, today even if the photo it is not a super one
i decide to post this image, just because i love in-flight shots
and because i get this little bird on focus in his flight,

my previous posting was again the Snow Bunting,
it was shot with my photo shot with my D-SLR-Like
bridge style Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd camera
and the shutter speed was 1/4000 seconds,
the bird it was not in movement, the reason why
i shooted at as fast speed it is because
my bridge-style camera with his 28-300mm lens
does not have image stabilizer, so with faster shutter
speeds i am compansating that

now if you come see the exifs of this image,
the bird is in movement, and my speed
is only 1/1200s, the reason is because
my Point & Shoot Nikon Coolpix P60 camera
it's fasted speed is onlyt 1/1200s, but i am loving
much more to shoot birds in-flight with
my compact than with my bridge style camera

in my previous posting, James (Jamesp) wrote :
« I have only seen these birds in the high arctic »

from the All About Birds website :


« Appropriately named, the Snow Bunting is a bird of the
high Arctic and snowy winter fields. Even on a warm day,
the mostly white plumage of a bunting flock evokes
the image of a snowstorm.

The male Snow Bunting returns to its high Arctic breeding
grounds in early April, when temperatures can still dip
as low as -30° C (-22° F) and snow still covers most
of the ground. The female does not return until
four to six weeks later.»

and from the Seattle Audubon Society website :


« Habitat
Breeding habitat is barren tundra with rock piles, boulder fields,
and other rocky outcroppings that are used as nesting sites.

In winter, Snow Buntings inhabit a variety of open lands,
including short-grass prairie, farmland, beaches, and roadsides. »

in this image, it his winter habitat, we are in the region
of Mirabel, it is something like 25 to 30 minutes from Montréal,
this winter habitat it is the same of the Snowy Owls,
i counted in several kilometers they where 3 snowy owls,
one of the farmers of that region told me they are 5

the Snowy Buntings are always in groups,
this bird was flying to join his friends

it is not one of my best shots but i love it
i was happy to get it in focus in his flight



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...and James has been on every sq inch of this planet eh?:-) I have heard of these images so you have another go done..I looked up comparisons with both cameras you mention...the difference is very interesting. A good way to choose a camera..Now if you will send me a big check:-) thank for sharing your in flight shots...They are rare from a distance

hi Asbed,

Nice inflight shot from this bird.
You have there all lots of snow, I am getting it cold when I looks to it.


Hello Asbed

These guys are hard to pin down to get anything but in flight.
You have done well to get this in flight shot.
Lovely light and colours.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-14 21:22]

Hi Asbed,

The bird looks so lonely as he flies over all that snow. Even from a distance he is in perfect focus and is seen clearly. The colors show through well too. You made the right decision!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-14 23:38]

Hello Asbed

Lovely action shot, as you say, showing the habitat well.


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  • albert Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
  • [2008-12-14 23:48]

Bonjour Asbed,
Belle prise en vol, l'habitat hivernal est bien rendu

Ciao Asbed,
bella immagine in volo, è molto difficile inseguire questi piccoli uccelli, mentre sfrecciano veloci, tu hai catturato questa azione con buona nitidezza in un bel ambiente naturale.

Hi Asbed, excellent capture of a beuty in-flight. Wonderful composition and lovely colours.
TFS and cheers,


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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-15 1:00]

Hello Asbed,
beautiful and precise momment.
Great shot.
Have a wonderful day

Bonjour Absed'
Belle capture d'image bravo .je n'avais jamais vu cet oiseau.
Beau travail .

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-15 10:47]

I like this alot Asbed, as we get a great sense of the environment as well as the speed of this Bunting, which is very well placed in the scene...good work.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-15 11:19]

Hello Asbed,
A splendid inflight of this flighty species. your captures surroundings are veru appealing as well. These little ones are her in my area in large flocks of a hundred plus. Thanks for sharing this nice inflight image Asbed.

Ciao Asbed, beautiful bird flying on a wonderful winter landscape full of snow, perfect focus and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Asbed,
nice capture of this pretty snow bunting in flight,
good sharpess and lovely colors surrounded by beautiful
white snow.

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