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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 6) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-12 4:11
Viewed: 5515
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
American Robin

We found this robin carrying food in one of the paradise for bird watchers in North America.

Unique in the World! Dinosaur Provincial Park, declared a world Heritage Site in 1979, has recorded over 160 different bird species, including several of Canada’s threatened or endangered species. Due to the variety of habitats present, the park offers superb bird watching opportunities. A large area of the park has been set aside as a Natural Preserve, providing an isolated and relatively undisturbed nesting area for threatened species like the Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle and Loggerhead Shrike. Access to the Preserve is limited to visitors participating in conducted tours and to those authorized to conduct research.

Dinosaur Provincial Park helps preserve a part of the Grassland Natural Region which is characterized by cold winters, warm summers, high winds and low precipitation. The region is a flat to gently rolling plain with a few major hill systems, punctuated by exposed bedrock, carved sandstone cliffs, ancient boulders and other reminders of the last ice age. Where wind and water have carved the bedrock, unique landscapes known as badlands exist. Plants have adapted to the severe moisture shortage of mid-to-late summer.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is located in the Dry Mixedgrass Sub-region of the Grassland Natural Region. This is the warmest and driest sub-region in Alberta. Permanent streams are relatively rare, though the ones that do exist are deeply carved into the bedrock in some places. This has exposed Cretaceous shales and sandstones, creating extensive badlands in some areas.

Park Habitats Three major habitats are found at Dinosaur Provincial Park: the upland prairie, the badlands and one of the largest protected stretches of Plains Cottonwood, river valley habitat. Each habitat provides nesting and feeding sites for different species of birds. By protecting important bird habitats, the significance of Dinosaur Provincial Park goes beyond a long list of birds. The rugged badlands terrain in the natural preserve provides critical undisturbed nesting areas for raptors. The riparian habitat, where many of the birds nest and feed, is now a threatened environment on the prairies. The prairie, home to many birds typical of grasslands, are disappearing fast. We must ensure that these habitats are protected for the future.

For more on birds: http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/enjoying_alberta/parks/featured/dinosaur/checklist_bird.pdf

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coasties, PDP, wallhalla15, TAZ, Nico, marhowie, hummingbird24, livios, glazzaro, scottevers7, Toni, alexbf, sAner has marked this note useful
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-12 4:24]

Wow, so sharp. Beautiful colors and POV. Great job, Stephen. TFS. : )

Hello Stephan

Stunning shot. Crisp, clear sharp shot. Good light and details. Only nit is not enough space above the bird. Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-11-12 6:00]

Hello Stephan, this is a nice shot. I love the pose with all the bugs in its beak. The sharpness is good but I do feel you could have a little more saturation here and the composition could be improved with a little more space above the head and a little less space behind it. It's a very good capture though.

Well done.

Very nice capture with great colours and sharpness/dof. Very good composition. TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-12 6:16]

La pose de l'oiseau avec cet insecte au bec est parfaites. Les couleurs sont justes et réelles. L'éclairage et la netteté sont excellents.

Félicitations pour cette belle composition et merci pour l'envoie.

Bonne journée Stephan!

Hi Stephan,
You caught this moment very good with nice colours, good details and POV. IMO it's a bit tight above.
Great work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-12 8:01]

Agréable et intéressante composition photographique bel oiseau avec sa proie ! Il manque un peu d'espace à gauche et dessus... Compliments Stephan et merci pour le partage.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-12 8:15]

God quality. Very sharp and excellent colours. I don't know about the orignal pic, but maybe cropped more on the sides and less at bottom and top would made it even a better picture.

Great shot Stephan. Great colors, light and details. It looks almost as if the bird has two types of insects in its beak?
A bit tight on top but I know from experience these small birds are a pain to compose in the field when you're just trying to get the shot. Well done. Thank You.

Great shot of this wonderful robin and its meal, Stephan!

I very much like the details, colors, POV, pose and lighting, in this well done composition.

I agree with Gert about the top being a bit too closely cropped, however, it isn't always easy to get them to stay still long enough to make everything perfect.

Nice work.

Thank you.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-12 14:06]

Stephan, as for composition, I agree with Paul (PDP).

Apart from that, this is indeed a great shot.

Excellent lighting, pov and sharpness.

It's a great moment, and your shot shows this very well.

Nice detail, good colors and a clean BG.


Hi Stephen,
Excellent shot here. Everything looks good to me. Sorry for the short note, on a road trip to Florida, on my laptop somewhere in North FL.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-11-13 2:53]

Very good shot, Stephan. Excellent DOF and colours. I like the composition and details also. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-13 16:40]

Well captured. Nice position on the branch. Pretty colours of the breast, beak and meal. Pity you cropped too tightly on top.

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  • alexbf (61)
  • [2005-11-14 8:21]

Wow! Superbe. Tu devrais poster l'originale dans un workshop pour qu'on voit la différence!

Les couleurs et les détails sont superbes. Tu as été chanceux de pouvoir le photographier avec son repas dans la bouche! Bravo!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-18 18:31]

Excellent shot! This is so lovely. Colors are great, exposure is spot on and the details are sharp. Lovely background aswell. Composition-wise I would have left a bit more space on the left and a bit less on the right. Well done & TFS!


Fantastic picture. Crisp and sharp and very nicely in focus with its prey.

Well done and thanks for sharing.


Excellent shot. Great sharpness and wonderful composition and POV. Well done.

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