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Drying Out Time

Drying Out Time
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED, Optex 77mm Circular Polariser
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-14 8:35
Viewed: 4244
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the American cousin to the Australian Darter I posted the other day. Most people around this area refer to this as the Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), though it may also be called the American Darter, Snakebird (because of its long neck) or Water Turkey (it spreads its tail wide while swimming). These birds are similar to Cormorants, but have larger tails and sharp bills, which they use to spear their prey. Like Cormorants they need to dry out after a swim, as their feathers are not water proof (to make them better divers and swimmers). More information can be found at the link at Wikipedia .

I shot this one a couple of days ago while kayaking on a small but favourite lake of mine in Orlando. By kayaking I was able to slide right up under this lady while she was drying out in this Longleaf Pine. She was reluctant to fly as it was later in the day (with little sun left), and she was wet, so she tolerated the pesky photographer below her.

I now follow a generic workflow as outlined in my Bio:
Conditions for the shot were a little dark (late afternoon). Shot taken at 200mm, ISO 640, f/4.8, 1/250 sec

Thanks for dropping by.

rcrick, Argus, jconceicao, Jamesp, mlines, jusninasirun, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hi John,

Nice to see you back posting, great capture of this American Darter, love the light falling across the bird, looks excellent in its natural enviroment, pin sharp with superb detail.

Cheers Rick :)

Hi John,

Nice sharp image. Very well done! Great work.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-15 9:56]

Hello John,
An unusual image showing an American Darter 'drying out' in a Longleaf Pine. I like the POV showing the stretched out wing and head and most of the neck peeping over the pine needles. The composition, sharpness and side lighting contribute to making this a fine and fascinating image.

John, this is such a good photo. Great job. to bad that the tree is blocking most of him. Thanks for commenting on my Bluebirds. I appreciate it very much. You have a great week. Bill

Hello John,

Excellent capture of this interesting bird.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good note.

hello John,
Great capture, nice composition and pov,
good sharpness and nice pose.

Very nice colours. Perfect focusing on the bird. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-14 13:23]

Hi John

Nice view of this Anhinga - there is also an African and an Indian species. Nice detail.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-12-21 16:58]

Hi John, Good bird in the pines image. The clarity of the feathers is excellent. The green colour really jumps out at the viewer. All the best for the Xmas-New Year season. TFS. Murray

Hello John.
It has been a while since I last interact with you in TE/TN. I hope you are doing fine in Canada/Australia.
The head and wing that pop out of the foliage shone by the light is beautiful.
Thanks and have a great weekend.

Hello John

It is a really big bird because we can also
see a part of his tail on the image, you shot
the photo at the best moment, and i love the
light coming in to the bird, TFS


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