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Woodcock's camouflage at her nest

Woodcock's camouflage at her nest
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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: 2014-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-29 20:50
Viewed: 1060
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, the title should be
« American Woodcock's camouflage at her nest »
but it was not enough place to this long title.

1/640s f/5.6 ISO800 85mm (35mm eq:127mm).


« The American Woodcock male has a spectacular,
complex courtship display that thrills
many observers. In late winter or early spring,
loose groups of males, called “leks,” gather
together on display grounds before the females
arrive on the breeding grounds. At dawn and dusk,
males display by jumping into the air, flying
in a wide spiral up to 300 feet high, and then
descending in a lazy zigzag on rustling wings.
On the ground, males “peent!,” as they rotate
in one spot.
American Woodcocks do not form pairs.
Males may mate with several females and
do not participate in raising the young.
The female makes a shallow depression on
the ground in dry leaf or grass litter;
there she usually lays 4 buff colored eggs,
marked with brown. Chicks hatch in about 21
days and can walk shortly thereafter. Very young
woodcocks crouch and freeze when frightened.
The female cares for the chicks for about a month,
at which time the juveniles slowly disperse but
remain in the general area until migration. »



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Ciao Asbed, great camouflage for this lovely bird, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Asbed,
Credit goes to your eyes first to find out this bird on ground!Good eyesight.
Excellent camouflage.Even it took almost 25 seconds to find out the bird.Good natural colour with good DOF.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

very well seen and spotted !!

Good one..

Bonsoir Asbed,
Très belle valorisation du sujet par son mimétisme avec l'environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

You have become an A-1 nature photographer.
You approach your subject and tell it: "NOW POSE FOR ME". And, they do!!!
I have a "feeling" that to the subject "YOU ARE CAMOUFLAGED".
Notes too are EXCELLENT.
P.S. The weather has become tolerable now in Calgary.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-30 14:26]

Hi Asbed,the spectacular quality of detail leave us to see in the best way the woodcock despite its very good camouflage attempt..ehehe..great capture,one of your best in these difficult sceneries,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-06-03 21:30]

Hello Asbed,
I just love these unique little birds and can tell that you do too. Great shot of this resting specimen while displaying exceptional detail and gorgeous natural colors. I saw a lot of Woodcocks this year and enjoyed each and every sighting.

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