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The American Woodcock

The 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: 2010-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/640 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-07 8:37
Viewed: 3062
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello friends, this is the same bird as my
2 previous photos, closer & other angle
and full zoom (300mm in 35mm euqiv)

from State of Connecticut website

« Identification: The American woodcock
is a short-legged, plump bird, with a
two-and-a-half inch long bill, which it uses
to probe the soil in search of earthworms.
The bill is flexible and can be opened near
the tip even when it is beneath the ground surface.
The bill tip contains numerous nerve endings,
presumably to aid in detecting movement of prey.

The woodcock's head is gray and brown with
black bars across the crown. Its large eyes are
set high and far back on the head for increased
peripheral vision, and the wings are short, wide,
and rounded to facilitate flying in dense cover.
The mottled brown back, which resembles a
"dead-leaf pattern", provides excellent
camouflage against the forest floor. Sexes are
similar in appearance, but the female woodcock
is slightly larger than the male.

Habitat: Young second-growth hardwood forests,
shrubby areas, and open habitats such as old fields,
forest clearings, bogs, and blueberry fields.
Usually associated with moist areas such
as streams, marshes, wet meadows, etc. »



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This bird look very pretty and interesting.
And,I think,is very hard to be captured.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Bonsoir Asbed
Bravo pour cette prise de vue difficile, mais on voit bien l'allure de l'oiseau
Merci amicalement

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-07 19:24]

Hello Asbed,
Your Woodcock photos are very interesting because as you stated, they are so well camouflaged you hardly ever get the opportunity to see one. This particular one is probably my favorite, since it shows wonderful detail and color and still allows us see it's natural habit very clearly.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2010-04-07 22:30]

Hello Asbed,
I don't know how you can spot such a bird who is very well camouflaged. Great POV.. Well done


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-08 5:20]

Hi Asbed,
what an exciting one. i cant even see at first..so what more in the real surroundings.
excellent presentation in a good sharpness.


Bonjour Asbed,

Les arbres cadrent bien l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la bécasse d'Amérique. L,utilisation du flash aide pour le rendu des couleurs. Bonne journée.


Bonito trabajo Asbed. Has de estar mu atento para ver este pequeño animal tan bien camuflado. Es una escena realista donde contrasta bien el motivo con el resto de elementos.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Asbed, difficult to see in this photo too,lovely composition with wonderful natural ambientation, great light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi MF Asbed,

A lovely and awesome one again! You took this from a closer place with wonderful details and natural colours.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-04-08 18:43]

Hello Asbed,
Marvelous image of this tiny one hiding from the intruders. Colours and details are spot on my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-09 7:51]

Hello Asbed,
Another irristable capture of an Amercican Woodcock, hiding in its natural habitat. Even though part is hidden by the young birch tree-trunk it is well seen with fine sharpness and colours from anice POV.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

OUTSTANDING piece of work!!!
Bravo... Asbed.
Mario with friendly greetings.

P.S. Sorry for being so very late to re-visit TN; was in deep mourning.
My MOST beloved Mother-in-law passed away on 9th. April 2010 after much suffering.

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