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Good Morning Shadow

Good Morning Shadow
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 7:09
Viewed: 4258
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This American Avocet was capture looking for food on the mud flats of a slough in the Brooks area.
American Avocet
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Recurvirostridae

Genus: Recurvirostra

Species: R. americana
The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae.

The Avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, "blue shanks". The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end. Their adult size is about 18 inches (45 cm) tall.

Their breeding habitat is marshes, beaches, prairie ponds, and shallow lakes in the mid-west and on the Pacific coast of North America. They nest on open ground, often in small groups, sometimes with other waders. A pair will rear one brood per season, with both male and female providing parental care for the young.

They are migratory and most winter on the southern Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico and the United States.

These birds forage in shallow water or on mud flats, often sweeping their bills from side to side in water. They mainly eat crustaceans and insects

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-06 7:17]

Hi Rick,

Never seen this bird before. Looks great. I like the POV and the sharpnes. TFS.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-06 7:22]

Hi Rick,
Very good pose with an opened beak, and clear eye contact. Light, focus, sharpness and the composition is very good. Well done and TFS

On n'aimerait pas avoir une prise de bec avec un tel oiseau.
Bonne journée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 7:57]

Hello Rick,
This species of Avocet is one I have never seen for real, so it's great that you can present such a fine capture, the image being sharp and contrasting well against the OOF BG. Excellent pose and composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hello rick!
very beautiful!
really a lovely bird and
you capture it very well
with good sharpness and
fine pov
good composition to
very well done!

Hello Rick,

excllent work, Great colors bg POv DOF perfect details very crisp I really like this POV alot well done

TFS Kyle

Good you could use such as fast shutter speed, Rick; doing so you got a sharp open beak which is difficult to get.
Good sharp image with nice colours.
Very well done

hi rick,
nice shot, well composed with fine pov,
the image has good sharpness, dof is fine,
looks nice with open beak,
tfs & regards

With a beak like that, an Avocet would have no problem eating Chinese food, Rick :-)!
Lovely picture of this lean and lanky bird.
TFS and bye.

Hi Rick,
Very good capture of this avocet.
You had a beautiful light and managed it so well with the appropiate exposure.
I like the good details got on the plumage, so sharp and focused.
I'm impressed with the slim beak, specially the lower part.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-06 10:55]

Rick, this is absolutely beautiful. A wonderful comp, beautiful pose, sharp clear details and fantastic colors. I love the shadow and that unsual looking beak.


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-03-06 10:57]

hi Rick, excelent shot , good ŽVO and interesting bird. Good info.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-03-06 11:13]

Bonjour Rick, interesting pose of this Avocet with the beak impressive!! Good lighting and sharpness too, congratulations, Didier.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-06 11:30]

Hi Rick,

a great capture of this avocet,well captured with nice colors and details,the bill is really long and small,well done and TFS


Hello Rick
What a great shot of This American Avocet,
Perfect compo and sharpness,Great POV,
Excellent shot.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-06 12:09]

Hola Rick.- Una ave muy singular, con muy hermosos colores en su plumaje. Gran nitidez y buen detalle el de su sombra. Luis52.


Very nice picture of this beautiful bird.

Murali Santhanam

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-06 14:56]

Hello Rick,
Wonderful capture.POV,lighting,pose of bird and framing are excellent.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-03-06 15:56]

Excellent composition. A great shot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-06 22:42]

Hello Rick

What an amazing looking bird.The slender legs and beak give it a unique statuesque look.Beautiful colour in the plumage,and nicely composed and presented.I am unfamiliar with this bird so TFS.


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-03-06 23:57]

Hi Rick, this is an interesting shot of a bird I have never seen before, but that's part of the reason we visit TN. The composition is great, you caught him with his mouth open. This in turn forces the observer (me) to read the note to understand what they would do with such a strange beak. Great colour and detail - you got the catch light.

Thanks, John

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-07 1:44]

A lovely capture of this avocet with his beak wide open.
They have such super thin features, like those beaks and those legs. We have them here in the winter. They get very orangey in their breeding plumage.
Great pose and POV with sharp details and good light.
The busy BG is a bit distracting, but the avocet still shows well.
TFS. : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-07 6:10]

Hello Rick,
I love Avocets and this one is posing beautifully with open beak! Well timed and light, sharpness and colours are great. Very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Rick,
Great picture with the open beak! Good composition, exposition, and sharpness.

Rick this is an outstanding shot! For those who have missed your previous avocet, I would urge you to put in this link... It shows the environment AND a nest... Also an amazing capture, which I remember well. Tfs, Jay

Hi again dear Rick ,
nice shot , great details with excellent light.
well composed and nice sharpness.
very well captured

Salut Erick
Excellente photo,la prise de vue est parfaite et la netteté est bonne.Tu as très biensu profiter de la lumiêre.
Merci et au revoir...JP.

Lol Rick,
This bird is happy! Its beak is amazing and you captured it a a good moment. I love this composition and exposure. Colors and details are very good too. This is another specie that I didn't know about. I wonder what kind of sound it makes… You caught a very nice light in its eye. Well done! Thanks,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-07 22:21]

Very nice! Excellent focus, colors, DOF and composition.

Very nice clean sharp image of the avocet. The details and coors are amazing in this wonderful capture. :)

Hello Rick!
very nice, colourful and well presented bird picture, with nice POV and good DOF. The only thing I do not like is the shadow - or really the lack of its part. It would be nice to keep it as entire - especially if the title is like this one :)
Anyway, nice and interesting bird, and the presentation is also interesting :)

hi Rick!

an amazing photo, an interesting bird, a fine shot technically. thank you for sharing!


amazing pic, TFS Ori

Hi Rick

A beautiful, clean shot, describing at the same time the habitat.

TFS. Sorry, I have used up my allotted daily ration of points.


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