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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 8:29
Viewed: 2937
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I tried to make use of this November sunny morning by doing a bit of photography on the beach of the local nature reserve.

I came across three Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) that were pretty shy and wouldn't let me come close enough to take a shot that didn't require a substancial amount of cropping. This, at a distance of about 12-15 meters was my best result.

After nesting in the Scandinavian mountains and tundra, Snow Buntings spend the winter on the coasts of Britain and Northern continental Europe, and few, probably like this one remain along the coasts of scania if the winter does not get too cold.

This is a male in winter plumage. The female has more brown on the face. He was catching the flies that abound on the banks of seaweed where he is standing.

This shot was taken with the camers hand-held and is quite heavily cropped. After size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan,
what a nice capture of Snow Bunting. Perfect. Great focus, composition and POV. coloration and eye contact also very nice. good notes always.
Thanks a lot
Best wishes

Hi Ivan,
This is a very good capture of this elusive bird!
You got a lot of definition on its plumage, and the beautiful light helped to enhance the image.
Excellent job done with the teleconverter and the large distance of the subject.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

hello ivan,
excellent capture of the Snow Bunting. liked the pov and the composition, lovely colours, good sharpness,
tfs & regards

Hi Ivan,
this is a great image of this specie that in Italy is very rare in winter only.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-08 8:47]

Hola Sr.Ivan. Muy bella la foto, a pesar de la distancia en la que fue tomada, creo que es muy nitida y con agradable iluminacion. Esta es una especie de ave nueva para mi, pues nunca he visto algo igual. Felicidades Luis52.

Hello Ivan,

Nice composition and lighting. Focus is good. You were lucky to have a good weather today, it was not the case here.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-08 8:53]

Hi Ivan,

I've not seen a Snow Bunting before. It's a very lovely looking bird and this is a fine shot. He posed nicely for you. The colors are nice and natural. Good details of his face, wing, and plummage. A beautiful catch-light in his eye.


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-11-08 8:53]
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Wow, this is beautiful, Ivan! Lovely pose, great colours, low angle and nice reflection in the eye. Is this from Äspet?

Hälsningar från Cannes. I dag var vi på Ile de Marguerite och fotograferade fåglar i värmen...... ;o)

Hello Ivan
What a fantastic bird..(another that is new to me)..consdering what you quote as a heavy crop the detail and colours are superb..very good work indeed and tfs

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-08 8:59]

Hi Ivan,
lovely capture of this Snow Bunting. The cropping doesn't seem to have effected the quality and the selective sharpening has been very well done, a job thats easy to make mistakes in! Love the colour of his markings too, great shot.

Hi Ivan.
First of all one question. Is the best result the shooting distance (15 m) or quality of the shot, taken from such long distance?

Independently from answer you managed to create a charming shot of this beautiful bird. I have never seen this species before. Very mice scene and composition, pleasant fine colours and lights, very good details and sharpness. My compliments.

Lovely Snow Bunting Ivan.
Nicely composed and lit.
Good focus detail for such a long shot.
Great color, pov, and comp.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 10:22]

Superb composition and very fine colours, Ivan!
I love that all-important catchlight

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-08 10:24]

Hi Ivan
Lovely presentation.Sahrp image whit a lovely pose of your subject.The detail are good and I also like that catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-08 10:38]

Hello Ivan,
a nice shot of this little Snow Bunting.
The POV is very good.
+++ Sharp with great detail and clarity. Good BG and a decent DOF. Nice colours and lighting.
--- Nothing :D
Well done,

Hej Ivan,
you have captured one of the birds on my wish list.
This is a beauty with lovely colours and lighting.
The sharpness and details are good for this crop.
Well done.

Nu har den första snön kommit men den regnar nog bort i kväll.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-08 10:41]

Hello Ivan,
The beautiful light helps to make the great details in this photo. Great colours. Perfect focus and POV. Very good composition.

hej ivan!
den här är riktigt fin!
sharp and fine picture
with good composition!
well done!

You certainly know your birds Ivan. I imagine you were raised as I, in a family which cared much for the natural beauty around us all... It is a pleasure to read your full notations, as they truly add to the picture and say so much...

great portrait of this bird, TFS Ori

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful portrait...
Never saw this one before...
I like your neutral BG as well.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-08 16:39]

Great shot Ivan!
Beautiful bird
Very nice colors and sharpness
Regards, Dejan

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-11-08 22:43]

Hello Ivan,
I have not much time to spend on TN and easily miss things. But I am really glad to see this one. Since Spitsbergen I these birds have come into my favorites. This is truly a beautiful capture from a low angle providing good sight onto the bird. The soft light makes all the details of the winter plumage come out really well. Here in the netherlands it mostly occurs along the coast in winter. In the period I spend a lot of time at sea for work I have seen these snow buntings coming aboard the ship way out on the atlantic near the mid atlantic ridge. I hope there will be plenty left to take nice pictures of like this one.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-09 1:43]

Hi Ivan,
Nice capture. I liked the catchlight in the eye, composition and the soft lighting.
Best wishes,

Hej Ivan
Really nice shot of this beautiful bird. Nice details, pose and colours.
Well done!
TFS / Hälsningar

Hi Ivan,
Excellent details and perfectly managing of whites! Beautiful contrast between this lovely bird and other colours in this frame.
Best regards,


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-11-09 4:41]

Hello Ivan,
This bird isn't known for me. Good light, sharpness, clear and natural colours

Hi Ivan,
You bring here very cute little Snow Bunting!
Excellent capture of this shy friend, with nice details and great focusing.
Also, lovely natural colours and excellent composition & POV, well presented with your useful note!
Well captured and TFS, my friend.
Best regards, Kevin
Have a great weekend! :-)

Hello Ivan,
Another excellent composition from your work!
great looking with a nice pose of this beautiful cuttie!
exposure and focus is perfect in sharpness and details
thanks for the useful notes
best wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-09 8:06]

Hello Ivan ! We have that Sparrow here too but I never had the chance to take a picture of it. Yours is great with a very good sharpness and exposure, good background and colors. Well done,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-09 9:33]

Hi Ivan. This is a bird i have not sen in the wild as yet so thanks for posting. what a very nice shape it is with its white coat which you have captured so well. you have use the sun light so well. good detail in the feathers . well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Ivan
Wonderful shot of this Snow Bunting,
Perfect focusing,composition and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hola Ivan, como va todo ?? Supongo que ya habrá empezado e frio por esas latitudes jeje Aquí empieza a refrescar pero esta siendo uno de los meses más secos desde hace muchos años.
Tu fotografía es una delicadeza por los colores agradables y las texturas finas de la pluma.
Buena pose y encuadre.
Abrazo y que tengas un buen fin se semana:
J. Ignasi

Amazing, details, composition, colors, BG, everything is extra.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful Snow Buntings shot. Sharp and clear image. I love this pose and the bird looks cute. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-10 3:10]

Hi Ivan,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

Hi Ivan,
What wonderful bird this is.Nice colors and pose.
I think we don't have this one around here.
Great capture.

Hej Ivan,
A cute little fellow preparing for the winter coming!
The fine light results in great details in the plumage, and an attractive colour palette...
A well balanced composition, where the bird stands out well!
Pablo -

hello Ivan

beautiful image of this lovely bird
with good light and excellent detail on the subject,
i like the catchlight and the way the bird is framed on the image



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-14 18:19]

Hello Ivan,
I had to critique this image as I love Snow Buntings and they are just returning now. I find them difficult to approach, but this is an excellent image with sharp focus and allows us to see this handsome species up close.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-11-28 12:28]

Hi Ivan
It is a very cute bird
Beautiful details and sharpness
Great colours

Hello Ivan,
I've not seen a Snow Bunting before. Good details of face, wing, and plummage though teleconverter. An excellent POV. TFS this beauty.

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