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The camouflaged American Woodcock

The camouflaged American Woodcock
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3385 W: 70 N: 9892] (37201)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CoolPix L3, NIKKOR 3X OPTICAL ZOOM
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/169 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-12-18 19:05
Viewed: 2810
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, to help you to find
the bird on the image, one part of
the bird is in the highlights and
the other part of the bird is
in the shadows.

I wish i had a better camera with me
than my old & good Nikon Coolpix L3,
First i did a photo of Ranger my
pointing dog pointing on this woodcock
with the bird in the same photo, than
i wanted a photo of only the bird closer
but with the sun that i had and my little
camera's LCD screen with only 2 inch and
the resolution it is only 86,000 dots
i had difficulty to do a closer photo
of only the bird, i did a click but
i did not love that shot to publish it

So this is a crop on the woodcock
of the photo i did with Ranger pointing,
you can see that original photo in the WS

Here is the original photo, Ranger pointing the woodcock

from New Hampshire Fish & Game website

« With mottled brown feathers,
the woodcock is nearly invisible
as it sits fight among the dry leaves
of the forest floor. Short, rounded wings
enable it to fly through dense,
shrubby cover. Large eyes set far back
on the head provide a wide viewing angle.
Its long prehensile bill has a flexible
tip which aides in grabbing food while
probing through moist soil.»



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Hello dear friend Asbed and welcome back...what a pleasure to see you back again!
Well, you know me ...I am still as terrible as I was before, perhaps a bit tired maybe! Interesting high contrast capture we have from you! A bit more contrasty than necessary in my opinion an as a result the otherwise amazing woodcock camouflage making the bird even more hardly noticeable. But I had fun searching for it .... have a great day friend Asbed and welcome back again!

P.S. Hope that the new year will bring you a new Camera....plenty of choice, and more difficult to take a decision ;)))

George Veltchev

Hallo Asbed,
documentation belle et intéressante sur le comportement de la bécasse d'Amérique, camouflage parfait, une bonne gestion des contrastes de lumière et de couleur
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

Ciao Asbed, too great camouflage for me, great view of beutiful forest, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

big effort to see him, interesting scene with nice performance!
regards Asbed

Bonjour Asbed,

Les arbres cadrent bien l'endroit. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des arbres et de la végétation. La bécasse d'Amérique est bien camouflée, je ne l'ai pas trouvé. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hi Asbed,
nice camouflage. Interesting area. Nice natural colours. Perfct point of view.
Have a nice week,

Impressive camouflage! Interesting photo Asbed!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5806 W: 89 N: 14918] (62539)
  • [2011-12-19 15:30]

Salut Asbed,mes compliments a l'oiseau,4 minutes pour le trouver dans ta photo..hehehe....un camouflage tres bien reussi..ehehe...mes compliments pour cette nouvelle photo tres jolie et incroyable et belle soiree',LUCIANO

Hello Asbed.
Yes, I can see the bird and I like the light on this undergrowth. I can spend hours in a place like this looking for macro subjects. Thanks and have a nice day!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2011-12-20 6:58]

Hello Asbed,
Despite the low resolution and the fine camouflage I was able to spot the American Woodcock taken from a semi frontal POV in its natural habitat of dense ground vegetation with sharp contrasts of light and shade.
I hope you can get your new camera soon!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2011-12-20 7:02]

Hello Asbed,
Not easy to find, but I've found him. Unbelievable camouflage. Not a perfect white balance, but so is nature.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2011-12-20 18:26]

Hello Asbed,
I cant see it. The camouflaging is so well done.
Excellent sample to look at.


Hace dias que no sabía nada de tí Asbed !!
Casi nada para encontrar al animalito... :o)
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-12-25 23:14]

Hi Asbed.
It is really difficult to find the bird on the picture. However, at whole this is a very attractive place for walking and shooting. My warm greetings and best regards.

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