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Brown Noddy

Brown Noddy
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-19 2:58
Viewed: 4856
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Noddy
Anous stolidus galapagensis
Endemic subspecies (found only in Galapagos, but other closely related members of the species found elsewhere)

Image captured from the zodiac boat.

Also known as Common Noddy. Dark brown, at times almost black, tern, neck and head greyer becoming almost white on forehead and top of head. The tail is wedge-shaped with small V-shaped notch in the end.

It feeds on small fish plucked from the surface of the sea, often in small flocks together with Blue-footed Boobies and pelicans.

It can frequently be sitting on the heads of fishing pelicans, waiting for small fry to leak out of the bill pouch.

The brown noddy breeds throughout the year on rock ledges and small caves in cliffs, generally in small colonies, often quite close to the water.

Courtship includes a lot of nodding and bowing, hence the common name. A single off-white blotched egg is laid on the bare rock. They breed less than once a year.

Source: Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

Exposure Time: 1/400
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 400 mm
Date Taken: 2007-04-28 16:31
Metering Mode: Pattern

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-19 3:35]

I've never heard of a Brown Noddy... wonder why it's called that!
Nice shot of this unusual bird.
+++ Great sharpness and detail.
Good colours aswell.
Decent DOF and a good POV.
--- I would have cropped tighter on the left and left more space on the right so we can get an idea of where he/she is looking. Otherwise a perfect capture.
Top-stuff Selen.
Well done,

Hi Selen.
Great capture of this beautiful bird!
Excellent nuance and sharpness.
Very good POV; fine details.
Well done!
Congratulations for the wonderful gallery!
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-19 4:33]

Hola Selen,
sensacional captura,
detalles hermosos,
original ave, y color y tonos magníficos,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-19 6:55]

Hello Selen,
I love the grey tones in this composition and the beautiful Noddy endemic to Galapagos. Nice profile showing a very stern look on its face! I like its pose on the lava rock and details are very sharp.
Many thanks, Ulla

Good shot - again you show something I've never seen before.
Good notes, too! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Selen
Wonderful shot of this Brown Noddy,
Great focusing,DOF and composition,
Superb shot my friend :o)


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-19 9:13]

Hello Selen,
Very good shot of this beautiful and interesting bird
lava rocks and wind gives idea about area/habitat
very good notes too

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-19 13:04]

Hi Selen.
I have never seen this species of the bird. Very interesting and unusual surroundings. You managed to reproduce the bird which is colored as the BG very well. May be composition is disputable a bit but the left stone is really so impressive. My best wishes and TFS.

merhaba Selen Hanım,
sanırım bu da sümsükkuşlarından yani Sulidae'den. bizdeki türü Sula bassana, ancak cebelitarık ta görebilmiştim ama fırtınalı denizde açıkta uçarlarken zar zor görüntüleyebilmiştim. siz şanslısınız. bu güzel hayvanları oldukça yakından çekmişsiniz. netlik, renkler, hele o biraz sinirli görünen bakış çok güzel hepsi. kuş, renklerine yakın arka plan renginden güzel ve başarıyla ayrılmış. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-19 16:12]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic job od getting him to stand out from the background of similar color. Sharply detailed image with great lighting.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-19 17:32]

Saludos Selen, hermosa toma ,bella composición de colores y matices, buenos detalles, Sira

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-19 17:55]

Hello Selen

A great job to get this from the zodiac.
The shot is well focused and sharp,and the lighting is well handled.
The colours are well saturated.This bird blends in to it's environment.
Very good POV and DOF.


Hi Selen
Excellent sharpness
Always a difficult shot from any type
of boat with current and waves
Nice combo and color tfs jon

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-20 4:12]

Hello Selene,
Dreat capture of a Galapagos ssp of a brown Noddy lookin greyer than the nominate species. Despite the grey Bg, you have capture the Noddy with good sharpness, which makes it stand out. Great pose and POV too.
Well done and TFS!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-20 15:57]

Hello Selen, a new bird to me ! Sharp and well composed scene, nice surroundings and good exposure. Well done, thanks !


Merhaba Selen,
very good captured of this impressive bird!
total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details always from you
very well done and well seen
all the best

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-20 19:57]

Hi Selen,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry, on the sick list.

Hello Selen,
A pleasant composition!
Fine details have been captured in the bird, good portrait qualities...
Attractive colour palette, close-up work well done!
Pablo -

Hello Selen,
Very beautiful and pretty bird Brown Noddy you present here.
I see the very excellent details and wonderful overall grey colouration here, with very nice composition & POV.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

Will be back later.

Hi Selen,
Interesting new species you bring us..
And from a boat no-less :)
Well done!

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