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Webbed Feet

Webbed Feet
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-16 3:36
Viewed: 3723
Points: 22
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Bird's Feet

Birds' feet come in all shapes and sizes.

Birds' feet vary greatly and are all adapted to a particular way of life.

Birds usually have four toes, three pointing forwards and one backwards.

Birds that spend a lot of time walking, such as Starlings, often have long toes at the front and at the back of the foot, in order to give good balance.

Many different types of birds, such as ducks, swans and gulls, have webbed feet for swimming.

The webbed feet push against the water, and move the bird forward.

Birds exposed to the cold often have a warm coat of soft feathers covering their legs and feet to keep them warm.

Birds of prey such as Kestrels, have long sharp talons, which help to catch, kill and tear apart their prey such as other small birds or mice.

Perching birds, such as Tits, have one toe sticking out backwards, which allows a firm grasp of the branch.
Feet of a long-tailed tit

In climbing birds, two toes stick out backwards, so that the foot forms a pincer, with long curved claws.

The above obtained from http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/biodiversity/birds/0feet.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 9:23 a.m.
Date: 2nd January 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-Stop: F/6.3
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-16 3:48]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful post.Colors,POV,sharpness,details
and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-16 5:00]

Nice and interesting bird. Very good composition, sharpness and contrast.

Hi Pam,
An EXCELLENT shot. Spot on exposure with greate colors. Detail is very sharp, and the white plumage is perfect here. I really like the pose and backround. They have some very large webbed feet!

Good capture Pam,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hello Pam, this is an excellent picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composite. Well done. Thank you.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-16 20:25]

Pam, excellent sharpness and exposure (no overexposure on the whites).

Great pose and pov.

Congratulations on your note too.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-16 20:44]

Une magnifique composition Pam!

La pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et les couleurs sont bien exposées. Félicitations pour la netteté d'image.



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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-02-17 2:35]

Hello Pam very nice photo wonterful work sharpenss and datails of this bird is so beautiful thanks have a good weekend regards Stavros

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-17 3:38]

Très belle prise : composition, couleurs, netteté sans reproche. Bravo. Gérard

Hi Pam,
I just went through parts of your gallery, and I realy liked this one, because of the great contrast with the structure. I also like it, because you can see the birds feet so well. He's got pretty big feet, and you knwo what they say about big feet ;-)
Great color and sharpness and DOF.

voilà déja 2 ans que vous diffusez et avez acquis beaucoup de critiques, je comprends car vos prises sont parfaites , couleurs détails tout est présent
bravo, moi je serai loin d' en être a votre hauteur dans 1 an

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