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Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-27 18:35
Viewed: 3050
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another image of our excursion to Brooks, this Marbled Godwit was feeding in a stubble field, thus his muddy beak.

Marbled Godwit
Limosa fedoa
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Marbled Godwit is a summer resident of the prairie provinces of Canada and adjoining Montana and the Dakotas. A few pair also breed around the south shore of James Bay. In Alberta, they breed in the grassland and parkland region.

Most of the first arrivals appear just after mid April but a sighting from Frank Lake of 8 April 2004 appears to be the earliest yet reported. First reports are generally of birds in flocks of up to 250. These soon disperse to their individual breeding territories. Beginning in early July, they again gather into large post-breeding aggregration, sometimes in excess of 500 individuals. Most leave for their wintering grounds, which may be as far as northern Chile, before the end of August. The latest observation date is 14 October.

With its long beak it probes for insects and other invertebrates in irrigated fields and shorelines. Sometimes it will submerge its head, in quest of a morsel. It also gleans grasshoppers and beetles from vegetation. Feeding on Brook Stickleback has been reported from Beaverhill Lake.

A shallow depression in the short-grass prairie, not concealed but well defended, serves as the temporary home for its four eggs. Incubation by both sexes is for 21-23 days. Under the care of both parents, the young are free-flying at about three weeks of age.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-04-27 19:00]

Hi Rick , this is a very good photo of this marbled godwit , I can appreciate how hard it is to get so close in a natural setting. the detail and color are great , and a nice low pov too , nice work.



hello Rick

today i am your neighbor in the galery and i am posting a bird
image that could be cousin to your's, same kind of birds

here you did a excellent shot with the fine POV
at the level of the bird, also fine framing and POV,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-27 22:51]

Hi Rick

Great short of this wondeful bird. We have Godwits on the Ouse Washes close by, but although they are easy to see, getting this close to one would be very difficult.

Great low POV with excellent detail and great inclusion of habitat.


Ciao Rick,
bellissima immagine, eccellente nitidezza e grande ricchezza di dettagli, splendidi colori. Grazie e complimenti.

Hello Rick,
Seems like he is having a ball in the wetlands!
A well composed presentation, fine details in the plumage and the image is well composed...
Seems like a happy bird!
Pablo -

Hello Rick,

Beautiful picture of this godwit. Beautiful composition. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Very nice natural colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-28 1:17]

This is absolutely superb!!
How on earth did you get so close?!
This Godwit is an amazing bird... that beak is massive!
Very sharp with superb clarity.
Lovely soft light and a perfect exposure.
Brilliant composition.
You are one AMAZING photographer!
Very well done,


Hi Rick,

Just marking up now, be back later...


Hi Rick
Very nice capture of this Godwit in his natural environment
Good color and detail in the feathers
tfs jon

A fascinating bird with an equally unusual story to go...It does indeed look like a bird that needs some nursery rhyme or such to go with it...Clear and crisp. My grandson saw this last night and said something which I couldn't understand, but he was amused...so 2 points for amusing my grandson!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-28 9:31]

Hi Rick,

Your excursions are always so productive! You must have been very close to this Godwith - another new one for me. I love the mud at the end of the long beak. You captured fine details and the natural setting is wonderful.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-28 10:17]

Hello Rick,
Wonderful close view of the Marbled Godwit in profile. Great sharpness and fine colours too. I like the natural environment that makes it stand out very sharply.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi again Rick,
Great shot with the bird showing how the colors of the feathers are well suited for this bird to blend into the enviroment. The beak is incredibly long, one thing for sure is that when it gets old it'll have a natural walking stick when not using it for searching for food. TFS
Paul :)

Hi Rick, this I like very much, I am very keen on these birds, so it's a welcome image, the feather details are excellent and the composition (in it's natural habitat) is very good to see. An excellent upload!!

Molto bello il taglio compositivo, mi piace molto la posa con il piumaggio gonfio contro il freddo e gli sterpi che contrastano con la neve, ottima definizione e molto belli e naturali i colori. Grtazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

He really blends in, doesn't he? I love the muddy beak because that's a small detail you were able to capture. I love the low pov and the details in his plumage. Also, the composition is fabulous.

Salut Rick
Tres jolie photo! Ton oiseau est magnifique! Superbe coleurs at pose!
Merci beaucoup et au revoir...JP

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-04-28 16:43]

Hi Rick,
I've never seen this bird before,what a beak!
Lovely natural colours, great sharpness and composition.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-28 18:49]

Hola Rick.
Muy hermosa foto de esta Ave con su largo pico escondida entre los arbustos. Muy bello el color de su plumaje y fina pose.
Saludos Rick.

Hello Rick,
Great capture, fantastic sharpness and depth of field, beautfiul colors, good light and nice details.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-28 22:41]

Hi Rick,
Beautiful photo of this bird. I like the natural environment.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-30 6:26]

How cute this bird with that long beak! It reminds me of Pinocchio. Magnificent shot and really beautiful composition.
Congratulations and best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-30 8:32]

Hi Rick,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Marbled Godwit with very impressive sharpness and colours on its plumage and a huge bill. I like the natural surrounding and the calm pose captured. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Rick,
Nicely done.
First time I see a Marbled Godwit, I guess:-).
Quite a long beak...
Well done

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-04 7:10]

Coucou Rick, stopping again in your gallery to explore those splendid wildlife shots. I just watched a movie called "Into the Wild", it's a US production and it is fantastic. It is the true story of a young man leaving "civilization" to live in Alaska where his dreams of happiness and nature lead him. Worth to look at on a rainy day. Meanwhile, this beautiful bird is captured so well, with great saturated natural colours, much details and a velvet on its feathers. Great shot once again, I always love the nature of your eye my friend,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-04 22:22]

Hello Rick,
Noticed that I missed this fine capture of a Marbled Godwit.
The sharpness and low POV are excellent and the composition with the contrast among the reeds superb.
A great shot and thanks for sharing it.
Have a good week,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-10 10:51]

Hi Rick.
True wild nature shot. I am amazed with impressive low POV, fine dry grass pattern and superb sharp and perfectly detailed image of the cute bird. Superb exposure and nice natural colours. Well done and kind regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-16 22:50]

Hello Rick

Excellent low POV for this wonderful capture.
The beak detail shows well.
Lovely plumage detail,the markings and colours are very good.
Nicely composed in a natural setting.
Great job.


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