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Snow Buntings panning

Snow Buntings panning
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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: 2008-12-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P60, NiKKOR 5X OPTICAL ZOOM VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-20 18:33
Viewed: 2955
Points: 23
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hello friends, today i went to Mirabel's agricultural fields
to search the Snowy Owl, the cie of Gray Partridge
and i knew that in the country road i'll see the Snow Bunting

i did not found the cie of Gray Partridge, just tell that
the last time i went over there, i saw them 2 times,
2 times i did an approach and about 30 meters
from me the 2 times they all fly up,

today i saw the Snowy Owl, it is been the 5th time
i am going over ther and each time i saw the Owl,
one time i saw 3 Snowy Owls in 3 different places

toay while i was driving the car very slowly i saw
very far, something 150 meters and plus the Snowy Owl,
i was the only photographer over there, i stopped the car
and walked over the iced snows, the walk was very hard
and i was walking very carefully, at someting 20 meters
from me the Snowy Owl takeoff his fly, i was with my
bridge style camera, i did wrong settings of the camera
and i did not get the in-flight shot, i was very mad,
the Snowy Owl came and passed at 10 meters in front of me,
i said myself ah if i was with a D-SLR, i would do
superb in-flight shots one day, one day i will have it

then i did return walking very carefully on the iced snow
i went to the car and start driving to search Gray Partridge,
other Snowy Owls, on a another country road (rang de campagne)
i saw our friend Roger (RP1) that was shooting the Snowy Buntings

i decide to take this time my Point & Shoot camera
and to do in-flight shots, i did alot of them
but i am choosing only one to publish, it is this image

Roger did a superb shot like this one, i wish he will post it soon :


from the Birds of Nova Scotia website (a Canadian province) :


During open winters when snowfall is light they remain
on the coastal lowlands throughout the season and,
because such areas are usually remote from human thoroughfares,
few people know of their presence. When storms of mid-winter
bring heavy snow they suddenly appear about our withered
gardens and weed-infested fields, where they feed on the seeds
of taller plants that protrude above the snow. At such times
their coming never fails to excite comment from observers who,
assuming that the "snow-birds" have just flown here from
the northland, marvel at how they so accurately time
their arrival with that of the heavy snow.

When seen in flight they are usually in loose flocks drifting over t
he countryside like scattered snowflakes, often mingled with
Horned Larks, from which they are distinguishable by their
lighter colours and the large area of white on their wings.

The buntings moult their buff and white winter plumage
during their journey north. By the time they reach the treeless
wastes of the arctic tundra to breed under the glare
of continuous daylight, their plumage has changed
to a sharply contrasting black and white.

Thanks for looking


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To MartinL: merci MartinCeltickRanger 3 12-21 07:48
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The more I look at your pictures, the more I think... "what kind of awesome pictures you'd post IF you had a DSLR in your hands...." Although my experience with point and shoot cameras is limited, I find is outstanding that you can come up with pictures like this one using a point and shoot. Small birds are extremely hard to photograph in flight and you've done so with equipment that is sure limiting (in this type of photography anyways)... Great job. TFS.

Best Regards,


Colorful birds. Well done panning

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-20 18:59]

Hello Asbed,
These are quick little fellows so you have done very well here to capture them. Thank you for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-20 20:18]

Hi Asbed,

You captured this pair of Snow Buntings very nicely. I like how one's wings are up and one's are down. Both are in good focus with nice colors and details. I love seeing the Buntings and Owls that we do not have in Arizona.


Hello Asbed

I agree with Martin,these birds are difficult to shoot and you have done a marvellous job doing it.
The detail and colour is terrific.
Well composed in the frame.
Nicely done.


Hi Asbed,

nice shot of these two inflight birds.
You can handle it well.


Hi Asbed,
May be technically not perfect shot but it is very precise and splendid to show the flying movement over the snow. Lovely colours and nice composition.
TFS this. Have a nice Sunday!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-21 2:33]

Hello Asbed,
You have learnt to use you compact to its fullest capacity, your recent winter shots being a clear indication. This inflight of two Snow Buntings is also in that class, a fine capture with great timing and lighting your photographic and PP skills producing a charm of their own.
I can see your great potential with a DSLR!
TFS mon ami,

Bonjour Asbed,
Belle compo avec les deux oiseaux dans des poses differentes
superbe lumiere

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-21 8:14]

Hello Asbed,
what a spectacular momment.
Great capture
Have a great holiday Season

Isn't it surprising what we can do with such small cameras...I find it a challenge...and you are learning the game of this very well...and I hope you are also teaching those behind the closed doors, what photography is all about!

Dear Asbed,
Superb panning of Snow Buntings & an excellent focus on inflight subjects. TFS.

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