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Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-18 0:57
Viewed: 4473
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greater Yellowlegs
Tringa melannoleuca

The larger of the two yellowlegs is a noisy and conspicuous bird. It is also more wary than its smaller relative and flushes at a greater distance. It often runs about wildly in shallow water or wades up to its belly and occasionally even swims. With its long legs, it easily obtains food in pools. The bill, slightly upturned, is used to skim small animals from the surface of the water as the bird swings it from side to side. This behavior, seldom seen in the Lesser Yellowlegs, makes a Greater Yellowlegs recognizable at a long distance.
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Taken at the Montreal Biodôme.
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To hummingbird24: normal legs...Luc 1 01-18 23:23
To hummingbird24: One photo on Yahoo?Luc 3 01-18 20:30
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I like the composition. Very good DOF and POV.

Great job

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-18 1:51]

Il a un drôle de look cet oiseau mais je l'aime bien avec ses grandes pattes. Comme toujours la photo est excellente. Compliments, merci à Luc et à son S2 ;-)

Good shot. The background is a little busy and distracting but gives a natural feeling to the image.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-18 2:16]

A very sharp capture of this greater yellowlegs. The clear details really show up the beautiful markings and patterns on this bird.
Great job, Luc, and TFS. : )

Hi Luc,

A lovely picture of this bird. A new species to me. Good focus and DOF. Well done!


Hi Luc, just a short visit.
it's a very good picture, the low POV is very nice.
Good details and the shallow DOF make the bird stands out well from the BG.
Great work, my YB&OF

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-18 4:04]

Hello Luc!
Wonderful scane.I liked POV,BG,DOF
you managed,sad expression on face,
colors,sharpness and composition a

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-18 4:38]

Hi Luc,
good capture, superb sharpness and DOF, nice colours. I like this bird.
P.S. Thanks for Your poetries in comments by me.
Rgs, Aleksander

Lovely shot Luc. Nice compo with crisp, clear sharp details. Good light. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-18 5:57]

Brilliant photo, Love the colours, focus and overall composition. Like the way you have kept the water in the background slightly in focus to keep the ambience. TFS

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-18 6:10]

Magnifique cette petite échasse super baguée!! Belle composition et bon piqué. Félicitations Didier.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-01-18 6:52]

wauuuu super photo
beautiful composition.I like this backround.
great details and shrapnes
TFS Libor

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-18 6:54]

Great composition, POV & DOF. Sharp and good colour balance. Well done.

Wonderful perspective Luc. Very well composed scene with a great POV that includes your OOF waterfall in the BG. Very sharp and detailed with excellent light. Very well done.
Thank You MF!


Very interesting and great shot:) A lovely picture:) bye

This is nice. The sharpness and details are excellent. There is just the one thing that distract my attention and that is the ring around the leg but otherwise excellent. Well done.


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-01-18 10:15]

Bonjour Luc
Superbe prise grâce aux détails et l'effet 3D. Ses jambes parraissent trop longues pour son corps. Sympa la pose.
Salutations Toni

Beautiful composition, Luc. Good BG-FG work.
I see a ring on the right leg of the bird.
maybe he (or she) is married. Or engaged.:-)

Regards, Petru

This is a beautiful snap Luc! The background focus is just right the subject is a perfect model in this shot. Well done Luc. :)

Hi Luc,
this bird is a little funny with the long legs.
The feathers are wonderful, very good sharpness, I can see all details so well, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Luc,
beautiful natural shot - very clear, excellent sharpness and perfect POV. Fantastic composition and great details. Very nice colors. Well done and thank you.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-18 16:29]

Hi Luc,
Very nice composition! I love the waterfall in the BG, and the bird is so clear and crisp!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-18 19:37]

Hi Luc,
Very nice capture of this beautiful bird with great POV and wonderful scene.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Luc,

You seem to have a leaning towards lovely creatures with skinny legs, and this one is no exception :-)

A wonderful and tranquil BG, great details, and POV in this superb composition.

Very nicely done, and I thank you!

BTW, I saw one of your photos on Yahoo today.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-19 3:08]

Well earned smile now, critique later :-)

Hi, Luc.
It's very nice shot. I like the habitat BG, where the photo is taken very much - water bird is good to have water BG. Bird is very sharp, with good details and colors.

Hi Luc,
I'm still very busy, so have no time for a longer visit to TN.
Very good capture, as always from the hands and eyes of Luc.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

As I progress I tend to favoour these type of shots more. It shown the natural environment as well as the animal. One can see the waterfall in the BG and the animal stands out nicely. Very well done, MF.

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