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Waiting for the sandman

Waiting for the sandman
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-08-06 8:50
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The Sandman representation in traditional folklore

Traditionally he is a character in many children's stories, invoked to lull children to sleep. He is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the child at night to bring on dreams and sleep. The grit or "sleep" in one's eyes upon waking is supposed to be the result of the Sandman's work the previous evening.

Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Named for their clumsy, awkward appearance when walking on land, common loons are migratory birds which breed in forested lakes and large ponds in northern North America and parts of Greenland and Iceland. They winter all along North America’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts as well as in Europe and Iceland.

Their unusual cries, which vary from wails to tremolos to yodels, are distinct to individuals and can be heard at great distances. Loon cries are most prevalent during breeding season as pairs aggressively defend their territories.

Loons have striking red eyes, black heads and necks, and white striping, checkering, and spotting on their backs. They grow up to three feet (91 centimeters) in length and weigh up to 12 pounds (5 kilograms), feeding largely on fish and invertebrates.

Their predators are diverse and can strike from all directions as they include birds like gulls, ravens, and crows, fish such as pike, and land mammals such as raccoons, weasels, and skunks.

They nest lakeside and incubate their eggs for 27 to 30 days. Hatchlings leave the nest on their first day and are able to fly in about 11 weeks.

There are many Native American legends about common loons. And to this day the Inuit legally hunt over 4,500 a year for subsistence. Loon populations are currently stable, but a number of threats loom, including human encroachment and pollution.

Pitoncle, bungbing, anel, pirate, marius-secan, PaulLees, siggi, maaciejka, maurydv, rousettus, Adanac, Dis. Ac., pegos, pierrefonds, Alex99, uleko has marked this note useful
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Hi Denis,
Beautiful captured of this lovely family, superb sharpness details, beautiful colours and very good point of view, a lovely nature picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Saturday,
Best Regards,

Bonjour Denis,
Très agréable valorisation, sous une belle lumière, d'une scène de la vie sauvage remarquable par la finesse de ses détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

great family pic, TFS Ori

hello Denis
very nice composition with good details and good sharpness
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Wow! Your camera really captured his red eye well. Great details in the wings and what a fantastic shot with the baby on board. Excellent shooting! TFS Trevor

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-06 11:15]

Hello Denis,
Charming scene and cute title.. eye-catching duck with this very special plumage and its striking red eye. However the tired baby doesn't have them so far.. very special green coloration of the water too. Very well seen-
Kind regards

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-08-06 11:21]

Hi Denis
What an eye! Gréât pose and combo, just lovely
Tfs Tom

Hello Denis,
Fantastic image with a superb bird. The exposure and composition is great.
Outstanding colors and very good clarity.
I have never meet this gorgeous bird in the wild.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Denis,

Wow what a splendid capture of this Chick in tow, love these natural photo's that shows us natural nature at its best, great work here Denis and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-06 14:28]

Hello Denis.
Amazing scene! Very bautiful picture. Superb sharpness, splendid colours too. Best regards Siggi

Hi Denis,
very nice family. Perfect point of view. Nice natural colours. What a pose of this small bird!
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Denis,
a fantastic capture, excellent from all aspects, very well done
Best regards

Hi Denis,
Superb capture with excellent colours and details

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-06 16:05]

Hi Denis,a very tender situation and a magnificent perspective from this original low point of view,spectacular sharpness,colors and details,the red eye is a great spectacle!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

excellent capture. congratulations indeed, Denis. this is one of my dream scene. thanks for sharing. regards

Denis, great shot of this Loon with her chick. Outstanding work. Great sharpness and detail. Have a great weekend, Bill

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-08-06 19:55]
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Hi Denis,
Perfect family portrait Denis, they sure are beautiful aren't they. High quality work my friend.

Amazing birds, beautiful scene and excellent photo Denis! The colours and the lighting are fantastic.

Hello Denis,

wow what an great pic taken by you.
Suburp pov and razor sharpness.
Fine colors.
Nice to see the youngster and parent together.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-07 13:21]

Hello Denis,
this shot is wonderful!
Sharpness, colours and the lightning are fantastic, (the eye is wonderful)
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-08 10:10]

Hello Denis,
What a fantastic photo of this Common Loon with chick. Splendid colours and taken from an excellent low POV. Great timing and the photo is very sharp. A beauty!

Hi Denis,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Commmon Loon duck. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Denis,
A top quality image taken from ideal POV with great sharp details and nice colours. Perfect exposure and composition. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-11 4:38]

Hi Denis.
What a great combination of the touching scene and brilliant quality of the image. I like all at the picture: superb composition, vivid colours, tack sharpness of the mom and its baby, wonderful blurriness of the pictorial surroundings, attractive reflection in the water. Bravo. Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-08-12 8:04]

Hello Denis
What brilliant timing and a superb capture! A wonderful bird with its off-spring very sharply in focus. Great details and beautiful colours against a fine background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Denis,
A very interesting specimen of a bird and a very charming photo. Great water background with reflections.

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