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Whoosh...That was 2008!

Whoosh...That was 2008!
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-31 4:54
Viewed: 4888
Points: 76
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Brown, or Common Noddy (Anous stolidus).

As this Noddy is clearly calling, it might just as well be a New Year greeting.

I wish everyone on TN, especially those friends who are active, A Happy and Healthy New Year and may your wishes for 2009 come true.

The Brown Noddy is found in many tropical seas around the world as several sub-species and pictures of it have been shown on TN a couple of times before. Noddies are so-called because of the nodding-head behaviour that pairs have during the breeding season
We took a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef to visit a small sandy island called Michaelmas Cay. Michaelmas Cay is a small sandy coral cay (1.5 ha in area and 3.5 m high) lying 43 km north-east of Cairns. The cay sits on the western tip of Michaelmas Reef.

Michaelmas Cay is a major seabird nesting island, the birds providing enough nutrients for the growth of some vegetation. The main breeding species are Sooty Terns, Crested Terns, Brown Noddies and Lesser Crested terns.
Apart from enjoying the birdlife we also snorkelled and saw some of the 1500 species of fish found on the Great Barrier Reef, a wonderful experience and part of a wonderful day.

This individual is standing on a post holding a rope that prevents visitors from disturbing the nesting birds on the Cay. They seem to be relatively unafraid of humans and I was able to photograph this one at a distance of about 4 meters (13 ft).

This image was slightly cropped, sharpened and adjusted for light levels as the strong light was very harsh for photography.

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Hello Ivan,
Vow, if that's what 2008 , then it was unquestionably wonderful. Wish you a very happy New Year 2009.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-31 5:09]

Hi, dear Ivan.
Thanks for all you have done here, your heartiness and highest skill. My best wishes your family happiness in 2009 too.

Thanks also for brilliant shot id the beauty. Exactness of the shapes and curves of the elegant mode; impress the imagination. Subject and pictured moments are amazing. Bravo.
P.S. Your last mark is so dear for me and great honor.

Hi Ivan,
this bird is noble and I like the pose very much. All the best for you for the New Year, wonderful journys with pretty shots in 2009, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

ciao Ivan!
is true!!
we hope that 2009 has a color more alive
best wishes for a wonderful new year

Hi Ivan,

nice capture from this Noddy.
Good pov and beautiful natural colours.

Best wishes for you and Ulla and good 2009.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-31 6:13]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic photo to end the year. Such a beautiful light and colours! Great shap details and contrasting BG. Perfect POV and timing.
A very good and healthy 2009,

Ciao Ivan, your bird seems say goodbye to 2008 and welcome 2009, lovely pose and fine details
I like a lot

hello ivan,

this is a fine capture and it really looks as if the bird is wishing us ahappy new year 2009. the image is composed well and you have managed well in harsh light,
well done,

tfs & regards

Happy new year 2009 to you and your family

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-31 6:59]
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Hi Ivan,
Beautiful shot of this noddy.Well caught,framed and composed.
I wish Happy New Year for you and your family too!
Thanks for posting.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-31 7:00]

Hi Ivan,
I liked the shape of this bird very much and the colors too. Very simple and effective composition with contrasting background. fine image. tfs.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-31 7:08]

Hello Ivan,
Wow, what a wonderful shot, the colour,
sharpness and perspective are excelent.
Happy New Year 2009
Thank you so much

merhaba Ivan
Up to now, I have not seen this beautiful tern species, I think even in books. You captured it with a great shot under hard lighting condition. Nicely composed. Many thanks introduction and sharing. I wish you and Ulla with your family a Happy New Year.
teşekkürler dostum, iyi akşamlar

hello Ivan

excellent close-up shot of this bird, with fine POV and framing,
with excellent sharpness and details of its plumage,
you did well shooting the image while he is launching his cry, TFS

Happy and Healthy New Year for you and Ulla


Hi Ivan dostum,
an excellent macro capture of this pretty bird. The details and sharpness wonderful.
Well focused and compossed!
TFS this fine image.
i also wish you a great New Year in 2009 MF!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-12-31 8:12]

Hi Ivan,thanks a lot for this fantastic pic,i whish you all the best for a new year and thanks for your great 2008's gallery,Luciano

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-31 8:32]

Hi Ivan,
I know these birds well :o) Position of your model in the frame, the pose, background and colors in harmony look so nice. TFS
I wish you and Ulla a great New Year
All the best,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-31 8:45]

Hello Ivan,
The beauty picture of the Noddy brown , Excellent sharpness. It pleases me very.
Have a great New Year 2009.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-31 13:27]

Hi Ivan,

It's the last day of the year and you have probably just introduced me to my last new (for me) bird for 2008! Of course he is uttering a New Year greeting. I love his pose, the opened beak and the shape of this bird. Maybe I'll get to see one for myself this winter! Once again, a healthy and happy New Year to you and Ulla. See you here next year!!


Hello Ivan and welcome to 2009 ... it is here anyway ;)
A good shot of this Noddy on the Cay.
The exposure is quite dark but it looks as though the bright light was a real challenge.
Still plenty of detail though.
Hope you have a good start to 2009 Ivan.
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-31 16:57]

Hi Ivan,
a superb shot of this Brown Noddy!
Very sharp and clear.
Nice light.
Great composition.

Well done and Happy New Year!


p.s thankyou very much for adding me as a favourite :-)

I am wondering now about time zones..has it gone as I post ...time warps...in many ways but images stay the same unless we alter them to the point of extinction..which you have not..and you bird harbors no evil nor bad will but brings on a new found Robin perhaps..or a small cure chick of one or the other aviaries...a herald.....your archives are much deeper than mine!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-31 18:45]

Hello Ivan,
As we age the years seem to fly by, do they not.
This a splendid image of this species with very smooth sleek plumage, it is a handsome bird.
Happy New Year Ivan may health and happiness be yours throughout the New Year.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-01 4:32]

Hi Ivan,
I like the title very much. it really come out from the Noddy.
Lovely composition of this unique bird ( to me, none in My country I guess). It stands out very well against the whitish BG.
Very sharp and clear with light well calculated.


hello Ivan
you made an excellent shot of this noddy, beautiful pose and colors. I like the bec open
very well down

Hello Ivan,
First of all a Happy New Year. Probably the second time already..:-).
I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2009...
Never heard about a Noddy before and I couldn't find a Dutch translation. Surprisingly it's a tern specie 'cause I actually thought trens were smaller birds...
This one looks as it has the size of a gull or something...

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-01 6:02]

Hello Ivan, wonderful shot of this beauty.
Happy New Year of 2009.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 8:21]

Hello Ivan
Years pass quickly and you realize it better when a new one comes in. As this stuning bird seems to say... Whooosh! Here's a new one! I see you are travelling a lot and that's the best way to make the best of a year. I hope you will collect a lot of new fantastic pictures and experiences this year!
My best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-01 9:54]

Happy New Year to you Ivan!

Strange thing - so black bird founded in so colorfull place :-) But I like it. I don't know why, but I like birds with sharp beaks. Well exposured picture, with clear and nice composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-01 12:13]

Hi Ivan. As you say where has that year gone . It gets faster as you get older . Once again you have a bird i have not seen before so thanks or posting. Its only in the last few years i have become interested in wildlife so much . I have missed so much and wasted time.
A good clear well focused picture. well done TFS.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-01 14:15]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan,
2008 yılını oldukça güzel bir kareyle sonlandırmışsın. Herzamanki gibi size özgü kusursuz bir kare olmuş. Yeni yılda sağlık, mutluluk ve başarı dileklerimi sunuyorum. Yeni yılda yeni karelerde buluşmak ümidiyle.
Happy new year!


Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture from this Noddy.
Very Good POV.
Happy 2009. TFS. Ferran

Hello Ivan

A very good POV for this Noddy.
The details are sharp with excellent detail and texture.
Very good illumination and colour.
All the best for 2009 and happy clicking.


Hallo Ivan
A lovely capture of this Common Noddy. A bird that I have never seen nor heard of before. Well framed, with the most notable details, especially the sharp tweezer beak is most impressive. This is just a stunning image with all technical aspects being great. The dark colour of the feathers very clearly seen and your great photographic skills paid of well in this image. The white around the eye displays great. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
I also want to use this opportunity to thank you for adding me to your list of favourites. To be counted amongst photographers like Bayram, Gert Ellstrom, Howard Cheek and Loot is indeed an honour and your kind gesture is much appreciated.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-01-02 0:56]

Hi Ivan

Ha-ha-ha, you are so right – 2008 was nothing but a whoosh.
Seems like the older I get the faster time flies by.
You've done great work with the exposure levels and the harsh lighting conditions
while showing this darkish bird against the unforgiving bright BG.
The features of the bird are clearly visible and beautifully aided by the well balanced contrast.
Actually the vivid BG makes this bird stand out like a sore-thumb and it is rather
complimentary to the subject.

Thanks for the good wishes for 2009. The same to you and your loved ones too.

Well done and TFS
Best regards

Hello Ivan !
Wow, that is a wonderful bird - he is very elegant, and I love his dark colors. You captured nice details on the plumage, and I also like the sober colors, almost black and white, it's really in the winter-mood. You also managed to freeze the bird with open beak, which looks great.
I hope 2009 started well for you and for all those you love,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-02 11:56]

Hello Ivan,

Thank you for the good wishes as well as for your remarcable contribution to TN. I also wish you a Happy New Year.

The photo you have posted is very well made having a good and sharp image. The strong light you have captured rendered many color tones of the evenly colored bird. The POV you have chosen was very good showing most of the bird.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Ivan,

Excellent sharp shot of this common noddy. Common as it might be but I have never seen one of this before. Nice perch in almost monochromatic color. Very good framing and well managed light and shadow here.


Very interesting bird, its beak looks great slightly opened. Good background. Beautiful image. Congratulations!

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