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I am lonely!

I am lonely!
Photo Information
Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon 300/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4 ext. II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/6400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 9:19
Viewed: 3359
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I saw this Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle/tobisgrissla) I felt almost sorry, because at first he seemed so lonely. I think this is the first winter for him so he is mostly just a lonly teenager. He was cruising around the boats in the otherwise empty harbour and seemed almost happy for my company. Sometimes he jumped up on the boats platforms beside the engines and seemed to enjoy the sun and at other times he was just looking for food. He didn't mind me getting so close at times that I had to remove the extender from the lens.

It is not unusual that these beautiful bird shows up in the harbours along our Swedish coasts in the wintertime, but I know this is quite a rare bird for most of you. This was a very special moment for me and I will treasure it in my memory for a long time.

I have not been able to be here in TN for quite some time due to work and lot of work related travels. However it seems that the next month will be a bit more calm so I hope to participate a bit more in what's going on here... ;o)

Geographic info:
A couple of weeks ago a went to the most southern region in Sweden to get some photos of kingfishers. I also went to the west coast to try to spot something interesting birds. This is from the small port of Torekov where this lonly bird was cruising around the boats in the otherwise empty harbour.

Technical information:
Canon 300/f4 lens + 1,4 extender on a Canon 40D body, in rawformat. I used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the edit in Photoshop CS3.

Just crop, white balance and a bit hue.
Noise reduction with Noiseware professional
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener

About the specie:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Black Guillemot or Tystie, Cepphus grylle, is a medium-sized alcid at 32-38 cm in length, and with a 49-58 cm wingspan.

Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch, a thin dark bill and red legs and feet. They show white wing linings in flight. In winter, the upperparts are pale grey and the underparts are white. The wings remain black with the large white patch on the inner wing.

Their breeding habitat is rocky shores, cliffs and islands on northern Atlantic coasts in eastern North America as far south as Maine, and in western Europe as far south as Ireland. In the UK it is fairly common breeding bird in western and northern Scotland. In the rest of Great Britain they only breed at St. Bees Head in Cumbria, the Isle of Man and on east Anglesey in north Wales. Some birds breed in Alaska where their range overlaps with the Pigeon Guillemot. They usually lay their eggs in rocky sites near water.

These birds often overwinter in their breeding areas, moving to open waters if necessary, but usually not migrating very far south.

They dive for food from the surface, swimming underwater. They mainly eat fish and crustaceans, also some mollusks, insects and plant material.

The call in the breeding season is a high whistle. The red gape is also prominent then.

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Hello Bengt,
I like the 3 colours here, dark blue, the whites and the blacks.
Well composed. Better call em the Black and White Guillemot:-)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-14 10:08]

Hi Bengt
Very nice image.Good POV and sharp image.The detail is excelelnt.I also loike thatcatch light in the eye , and the nice blue color of the water.
TFS Michel

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-14 14:01]

Hello Bengt,
Very nice picture, colors are great
very good exposure & details
Regards, Dejan

hi bengt,

first of all this is a beautiful image and i like the colors and the water around,you chose a perfect time.you got also magnific details in his plumage!that all is great!
but when i read your note i got my heart into pieces!:-(

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-11-15 12:35]

Hi Bengt
great portrait with incredible water colour, nice full frame and great catchlight

Belle lumière, belles couleurs et beaux détails.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-15 18:46]

Great picture Bengt ! You managed very well the high lights against the darker waters. Perfect sharpness, great light ! Thanks,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-01 8:45]

Hello Bengt,
Marvellous capture of a Black Guillemot in winter plumage.
Great sharpness, colours and composition and the lighting and low POV are superb!
Well done and TFS!
Bästa hälsningar,

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