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Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, 100 - 400 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 21:47
Viewed: 3177
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was able to take a few shot at that bird but again due to high wind I had a lot of problem to get nice shot with good focus.The clearing of N. American forests has caused this bird to extend its range eastward beyond the great Lakes where it has occasionnally interbred withthe Eastern Meadowlark.

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Magnifique oiseau et magnifique photo, couleurs superbes et grands détails.

Nice capture of this meadowlark . I can see you might have sharpened the image , but it worked out well . Signs do seem to make a nice perch , but what can we do . Color is nice , and the pose is good . TFS , Kevin .

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-04-23 22:27]

Hi Michel,
Lovely bird, I have never seen one in the wild.
Interesting bird pose, probably because of the wind.
Clear, sharp, good colours.
TFS, Mario

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-23 22:40]

Hello Michel,
Superb capture of one of my favorites.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-23 22:49]

good colors nice focus interesting pose with the bird looking up.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-23 23:28]

Amazing sharpness, beautiful colors, and exceptional lighting. Great composition with outstanding DOF.

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-24 2:26]

Hello Michel,

Nice to discover a new bird (for me he's new), and the sharpness and the colors are good. I like that the bird and stick of wood are extremely sharp and the background not sharp. TFS.


Hi Michel

Well done on a great shot. Nicely composed, clear, sharp and excellent BG. :-)

This is a very sharp shot of this meadowlark, Michel.
Wonderful light to bring out the brilliant yellow on his belly.
I really like its markings.
A great POV.
Did you hear him sing?
TFS. : )

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-24 3:12]

salut Michel,
tout simplement magnifique cette image, la qualité du piqué est superbe. Tout est bon, sauf le point de vue un peu bas qui masque les pattes....mais c'est pour être pointilleux.


Wow ! Michel , very sharp and good colors , TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-24 4:28]

Wonderful portait of this excellent bird. nice colors and background and moreover good composition.

Great shot simply beautifull excellent work tfs rgds Necip.

Quel drôle d'oiseau! belle photo.

Salut Michel,
C'est une parfaite capture de cette belle espèce. Je ne sais pas si c'est possible mais je crois en avoir déjà vu un ici dans ce parc près de la maison où d'innombrable espèces se cotoient. Il faisait un son perçant, très mélodieux mais tellement fort. C'est lui qu'on entendait partout. Si c'est le même (j'ai vue photo mais ratée) il est un oiseau extrêmement farouche et pas facile d'approche. Tu as réussis une excellente photo avec des détails superbes, une belle composition et couleurs. Je l'ai vu aussi sur un poteau de clôture :-) Merci,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-24 7:27]

Hello Michel,
superb capture of the meadowlark. the composition and sharpness are outstanding. One minor remark. Maybe reduce the whites on the pole a bit in the levels.
Regards, Jacob

Brilliant image
Super sharp
Great pose of this beuatiful bird
Wel composed

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-24 11:09]

Hi Michel,

I don't think I have seen a meadowlark before. This is a beauty. Wonderful colors and sharp details. A lovely pose with a nice expression on his face.


Hi, Michel.
Very nice bird and light. Excellent exposure, sharpness and details. Well composed and peaceful BG.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-24 12:39]

Hi Michel

A beautifully sharp and well composed shot. Although a coincidence - a love the blue post it is sitting on - sort of 'sets the bird off'.


Hello Michel, :)

Another fantastic capture! The Colours are Wonderful, from the vivid yellow to the warm natural hues. Very well composed with great sharpness and detail in the feathers! Thank you for sharing.


bonjour Michel

une bonne pose de cet oiseau, belles couleurs
photo bien nette et impéccapble

Hi michel,
Good shot. Nice blurred background, wonderful sharpness, details and colours.what is it sitting on?

TFS, Smitha.

Hi Michel,
Nice captured Lovely bird.
I have never seen this one.


hi Michel,
What beautiful colouring on this Meadowlark. I have never seen one before.
Well taken, sharp and good definition.
Well done,

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-08-24 13:32]

Un beau spécimen d'oiseau que je n'ai jamais vu! Très intéressant... Excellents netteté et des couleurs douces et bien définies (jaune)...



Bel oiseau au plumage attrayant. Image nette où le sujet se détache parfaitement de l'arrière plan neutre. Bravo, Michel.

Bonjour Michel,

Une belle image de cet Sturnelle de l'Ouest, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-19 10:17]

merhaba michel
good capturing of this beautiful and cute bird
i like composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details

Hi Michel,
Nice & sharp with great detail/DOF.
Very good color & exposure, well seen on this clean neutral BG too :)
Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-24 8:25]

Hello Michel,
This photo of yours I've missed so far.
Very beautiful photo of this Eastern Meadowlark. The colours are very clear, the sharpness very good. Great pose, POV and composition. Beautiful BG.

Hi MF Michel,

Magnificent job! The focus looks absolutely flawless on the this yellow bellied Meadow lark which is also a novelty for me, very well composed too.
TFS and have a nice evening!


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