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The camouflaged American Woodcock

The camouflaged American Woodcock
Photo Information
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: 2014-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-31 19:41
Viewed: 1160
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, this bird it is the same as my previous photo,
on this photo I changed my POV, to help you where is
the bird, it is near the tree at the right side of the photo.

1/1250s f/5.6 ISO800 85mm (35mm eq:127mm).


Wouldnt it be useful to have eyes in the back
of your head? American Woodcocks come
closetheir large eyes are positioned high and
near the back of their skull. This arrangement lets
them keep watch for danger in the sky while they
have their heads down probing in the soil for food.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-31 20:05]

Hello Asbed,
This is a much better POV in which to view this well hidden bird. I don't believe there is another bird that blends in more perfectly with it's surroundings then the Woodcock.

Hello in the new year Asbed. Nice to see the sunny days are still to come. I always wonder how these birds and other animals camouflage to their environment and light too it seems. This bird seems to be hiding behind a thin tree and his beak tip matches it. It makes you want to overlook the bird. Very clever hiding skill.
I didn't know his eyes are high for the reason you've said. I thought they'd be immune to attacks from other birds from above. ...but I guess any animal that attacks him will be from above. Very good presentation Asbed. I noticed today I was noticing small reflections in the trees that I never used to notice.


Ciao Asbed, too great camouflage..., splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

I wouldn't have known there was a Woodcock around until I read your caption, Asbed.
This is the best example of camouflage we have seen here on TN.
There, I notice that twinkling eye first!
Wow, well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-31 23:58]

Hello Asbed,
Another example of perfect camouflage. I knew where to look now.
Great sharpness and beautiful natural colours.

Hello Asbed,
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FANTASTIC find and shot..........

You are right ... it is so well camouflaged and QUIET.
Only its tiny eye is outstanding!!!
Thanks for sharing your work.
Mario from Calgary with kind regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-01 13:35]

Hi Asbed,only 15 seconds today to find the woodcock...ehehe...not easy but not difficult like in your last.Excellent capture as usual,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Bonsoir Asbed,
Cette fois c'tait trs facile moins que (je ne le pense vraiment pas) mes yeux soient devenus particulirement aguerris cette recherche !!!
A bientt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Asbed-it seems I haven't seen any better camouflage picture before it.Quite hard task to find it.Although I find it with out watching your WS.Nice presentation.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Hi Asbed,
The camouflage effect is excellent but the photo has zero aesthetic value in my opinion. Very busy everywhere, the bird's too small and is very hard to isolate from the surroundings, therefore the image isn't spectacular to say the least. This kind of pics may remind you a nice memory, but that's all there is, in my view. I respect you and I love your really good (this one isn't included) photos, but the forum is for saying what we think, not for backslapping or whatsoever. Thanks for understanding my words.
Best regards, Lszl

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