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Heavy flight with pending legs

Heavy flight with pending legs
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: 2015-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-05-04 20:18
Viewed: 1109
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, in TN's website we can read :
« Learning about nature through photography »,
so this photo and post it is more about that
because the bird is very small in the image.

This year its been 7 years since I go with a friend to
American Woodcock chicks banding. The first time
we went together he learned me that if the woodcock
takes off the legs pending this means that there are chicks.
Because there is also the normal take-off flight of the
woodcock like in hunting and it is not heavy flight
with pending legs when she is with her chicks.

Now for finding woodcocks in the woods you need pointing dogs.

Few days ago I was with him, one time in the woods I away
from him and his pointing dog, I could not see them anymore
but I knew where they were in the woods because I heard
his pointing dog's bell, when during my walk a few meters
before me I am surprised by the heavy take-off flight the
legs dangling off of the woodcock, well sure I click for
pictures, and then I say aloud « Michel the woodcock
took-off with dangling legs in front of me ».

I search the ground to see if there are chicks and it is
the nest that I found with the eggs inside, My friend
that he is the woodcock bander, he arrives and I told
him look over there the nest, he told me « certain female
woodcocks do this heavy flight with the legs pending
while they are also on the nest ».

In previous years I have seen woodcocks in their nests but
at his pointing dogs pointings, I never saw the woodcock
take-off from the nest, after a few pictures of the woodcock
at the nest we went the dog in leash.

Few days ago during my walk I bothered the woodcock,
but my friend assured me she will return to her nest.

Here in this photo it is is the picture of the woodcock in
its habitat at heavy flight with the tail spread and dangling legs.
The focus is not at 100% to da a crop, if not I would do a crop,
so this is the original image with out cropping.

Now to every American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse
photos I will do, my copyright illustration I will also
put it near the bird, because if I am leaving in the
corner of the image, some Facebook pages about
the woodcock hunting are cropping to remove my
name and posting my photos in their pages, I am
not against that, but why removing my or other
photographers names ?

So because of that to every American Woodcock
and Ruffed Grouse photos I will do, my copyright
illustration I will also put it near the bird.

1/1000s f/8.0 ISO1000 85mm (35mm eq:127mm).



lousat, Hotelcalifornia, marius-secan, Pitoncle, josediogo1958, Alan_Kolnik has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-05-05 1:49]

Hi Asbes,no problem with the small size of the woodcock in the pic,it's still a great pic well done as usual and your note are trulu interesting and beautiful,it seems like an adventure tale,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Asbed, lovely composition with nice woodcock in a beautiful ambientation, excellent clarity, fine details snd wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Asbed,
Nice to go through your informative NOTE about American Woodcock. Yes, you right bird is very small and can't see clearly its parts. But like this wood...
Thanks for your experimental work

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-05-05 19:31]

Hello Asbed,
Your bird may be small in the frame, but I definitely learned something about woodcocks with chicks. Capturing these little rockets while inflight is something I have never accomplished, for this my hat goes off to you every time I view your photos. Nice stop action and I enjoy seeing it in it's natural habitat.

Hello Asbed,
Brilliant capture.....Very nice specie. The exposure is perfect. I like this interesting scene.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Bonjour Asbed,
Il est vrai que tes publications sur les bécasses sont toujours originales par leur contenu mais toujours aussi intéressantes, jamais déroutantes.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Asbed
Is always great to see Your pictures. With the speed of a Master hunter You get this wonderful bird in heavy flight. Only the ones trying to do that experienced how dificult is.Thanks for the complet note.
Have a good day and thanks!
Best regards

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