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Splish Splash, I was Takin' a Bath

Splish Splash, I was Takin' a Bath
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-21
Categories: Birds, Humorous, River
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Tiffen 62 MM Circular Polarize
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 6:48
Viewed: 3433
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Splish Splash, I was takin' a bath
Long about a Saturday night, yeah
Rub-a-dub, just relaxin' in the tub
Thinkin' everything was alright

When along came a lady with a little black box
Sneakin' up on me just like a silly fox ...
(~with apologies to Bobby Darrin and Murray the K Kaufman)

This Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscul was having a lovely splash in a creek flowing into Lake Ontario. The 32 cm long adult has a long dark bill, a pale yellowish eye and a long tail. The maleís plumage is an iridescent black. The adult female seen here with the waterdrops flying from her feathers is slightly smaller and less glossy. They prefer to nest in trees and shrubs near water but will sometimes nest in cavities or in man-made structures.
And tomorrow, I'd like to tell you a little about where the bird is taking a bath!

Tech: shot handheld in RAW, converted, cropped by 25%, resized and sharpened edges

Thanks for looking and have a groovin' day (^o^)

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To arfer: more riparian stuff tomorrowSilke 1 08-03 19:42
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Nice close-up shot of the bird. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-03 7:40]

Hi Silke,

I laughed at your Splish Splash lyrics. Nice shot of the Grackle having fun in the water. I love the way his eye shines. Beautiful setting and lovely composition with the rocks.


Hello Silke,
Once in a while we come across not swimming but bathing birds, but it is rare to have a camera at hand!
This little fellow seems very determined to get clean in a hurry, hehehehe...
Nice catch of the moment!
Pablo -

Hello Silke,
It's nice to see a bird taking a splash! and see the water splash on the rocks around, very interest posting!
good clarity with the bird too
thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-03 19:28]
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Hello Silke

That eye is amazing.It is like a beacon.Nicely composed shot of this grackle.They are very beautiful birds with their lovely blue head plumage.I like the riparian feel to this shot.Good focus and sharpness.TFS


Hi Silke,

A nice image of the common grackle in the water, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Very cool shot! ha ha
Great expression on the little one's face. Too cute! :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-04 8:13]

Hello Silke,
Your note makes me laugh!! Very nice capture of this Crackle having its bath. Fine sharp details of bird, water and stones! Excellent composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-05 13:25]

Hello Silke,
This is a fine capture of a bathing Grackle in a fine composition. Though the eye is small in this picture it somehow seems to dominate the scene, as the bird gazes into the water.
An interesting and attractive shot!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Silke !
You have captured a beautiful moment here ! It is niceto see this black bird taking his bath, he looks like he is enjoying it ! Beautiful composition and POV, nice natural colors. Very well done !

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