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The walking American Woodcock

The walking American Woodcock
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-15 18:43
Viewed: 1468
Points: 22
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Hello friends, as I have wrote before and
I will do it again, to can find an Woodcock
(the American like the Eurasian species)
in the forest floor, you need a pointing dog
or you have to be very lucky.

This American Woodcock was pointed by Anouk
my friend's pointing dog, we where at a
American Woodcock chicks banding activity.

Now once pointed a game bird like the woodcock
take his flight or sometimes he start to walk
in front of the pointing dog, it is what it
did this woodcock, he walked good distances
that I followed him and took in photo,
and then he fly that i missed the photo.

I have some other photos of this Woodcock
that i will post in coming weeks/months/years.

Here even being a closer photo
(I give a heavy cropping), we can
see the great camouflage has the
woodcock with his environment habitat.

1/2000s f/8.0 photo shot
in Apeture mode), ISO1000
50mm (35mm eq:75mm) and
up to 75% of cropping.

- American Woodcock
- Bécasse d'Amérique
- Scolopax minor

from the All About Birds website

« The flexible tip of the American Woodcock's
bill is specialized for catching earthworms.
The bird probably feels worms as it probes
in the ground. A woodcock may rock its body
back and forth without moving its head as
it slowly walks around, stepping heavily
with its front foot. This action may make
worms move around in the soil,
increasing their detectablity.»



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  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-15 22:09]

What a camouflage of this bird...almost took some time to notice its presence.. tfs.

Ciao Asbed, great camouflage for lovely walking bird, splendid light, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Impressive photo Asbed! Interesting subject, very good timing, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!


Wow! Tough picture to get. He really blends in with his environment. Colors are super.


Nice catch, Asbed.
This cool birdy looks almost invisible on this kind of background :)
How did you get so close with wide angle lens 17-50mm?


Hello Asbed,
What a beautiful camouflage!
Nice timing and focus on subject.Very sharp eyes....yes Asbed yours.Really it is not easy to find out from such place.So,credit goes to you.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Asbed, This bird is perfectly blend itself with the background. It is great to get such a good shot. JC

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-16 13:38]

Hello Asbed,
Very beautiful photo of this Woodcock in splendid camouflaged colours and great sharpness. Excellent POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-16 14:42]

Hi Asbed,and this is very original too,i like the walking pose of the woodcock,not easy to find and not easy to take,especially in this difficult ground,great details and nice capture.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-17 1:42]

Great picture of this bird! You are right its color is like the ground, excellent mimetismo and you need to be lucky to see it. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. It is the first time for me to see this bird. Saludos.

Bonjour Asbed,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet malgré son mimétisme avec l'environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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