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Marbled Godwit Over Frank Lake

Marbled Godwit Over Frank Lake
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR
Exposure: f/11, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-29 22:39
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It snowed again today in Okotoks. As a result, I didn't get many pictures. So, I thought that I would post a shot from earlier in May at Frank Lake. I took an in flight photo of one of the Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa) that I posted two weeks ago. These are large shorebirds about 46-48 cm (18-19 in) in length. They have a wingspan of about 81 cm (32 in). (From iBird Explorer for iPod/iPhone.) This species is the most common large shorebird throughout southern Alberta. (From Birds of Alberta Field Guide.) Their bills are so long that one would assume that they would have an easy time obtaining food when they probe in the shallow water and mudflats -- according to iBird Explorer, they forage for worms, mollusks, crustaceans, insects and aquatic plants. The birds evidently feel that their bill is not long enough, because they like to thrust their bills so far into the mud that their face is sometimes covered in it. Happily, in my photo, the bird's head is quite clean, so its features can be seen well.

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To Adanac: Thanks!ubc64 4 06-03 17:57
To nagraj: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:52
To zetu: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:50
To CeltickRanger: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:48
To fragman: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:45
To sandpiper2: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:43
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To PeterZ: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:38
To Argus: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:35
To boreocypriensis: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-31 21:13
To yolandefernoux: Thanks!ubc64 1 05-30 16:47
To lovenature: Thanks, Janice!ubc64 1 05-30 16:22
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-29 23:23]
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Hello John,
A great in-flight capture of a Marbled Godwit, a species rarely seen on TN. The sharpness, lighting and colours are first class and the composition against a blue sky excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hello John,
Very beautiful photo of this Marbled Godwit in splendid natural and warm colours and excellent sharp details. Great POV, DOF and composition.

Hello John,

Un vol vraiment majestueux, beau graphisme des plumes en éventail, joli oeil, c'est une présentation admirable, superbes couleurs.
Bravo cher ami pour cette capture.
PS : Je repasserai pour découvrir les précédents posts édités ici, à l'occasion faites moi un coucou à TL. Merci.
à bientôt Amitiés.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-30 3:06]
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Hello John,
Very beautiful photo

Hi John

An excellent in-flight shot of this godwit. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Great composition.


another great portrait, TFS Ori

hello John

as you can see and know this is exactly the kind of
bird photography i am loving most, i have 54 species
of birds in-flight photos, great close-up in-flight
photo of the Marbled Godwit with very fine POV at its
level like if we where also a bird flying with him,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
that very small catch-light change completaly
the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-30 6:53]
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Hello John
An unknown bird for me...thanks for sharing

Fine image of this lovely bird in flight. Good details and colors. tfs.

Hi John
This is a magnificent capture of a Godwit in flight. His wings are in the up position showing off his plumage and body shape so nicely. HIs colours and impressive beak are shown off nicely against the blue sky. Well done.

Aren't we so lucky to live in Alberta and have snow at the end of May.

TFS Janice

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-30 18:42]
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Hello John,
Congratulations on this quality in flight image of this Godwit with first class details and colours. Thank you for sharing this superb piece of photography.

Good Morning John!

Flawless in-flight capture of this pretty marbled godwit, you've focused in on it perfectly. Great exposure with 1/1250 seconds to freeze the movement. The DOF looks like it worked well too, impressive capture!
TFS and have a nice week!


hello John,
beautiful photo in its natural environment, excellent sharpness and contrast.
Excellent POV
thanks for sharing and congratulations
hello Vanni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-03 23:55]

Hi john,
really an excellent moment. You have captured it wonderfully, in its elegance of in-flight.
Sharpness is first class, the patterns on the wings are very detail and excellently featured.
A nice soft blue sky to give a pleasant contrast and superb simple view.


Hello John,
A very nice type,
A study has been flying delicious.
Congratulations on your hand health

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