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My Feet are Killing Me

My Feet are Killing Me
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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: 2008-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 17:14
Viewed: 3533
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While out for an evening drive Lucy and I found this Common Snipe sleeping in the warm evening sun. We took a few images and left him to his rest.

Interesting Facts
The Common Snipe is an upland bird and is one of the few shorebirds that can still be hunted legally.

To attract a mate and defend his territory, the male produces a sound called “winnowing”. It is not a vocal sound but is produced by the flow of air over specially modified tail feathers.

Their clutch size is almost always four eggs. When the first two chicks hatch, the male takes them from the nest and cares for them. The last two chicks to hatch are cared for by the female. The two groups do not interact after they part.

A group of snipes has many collective nouns, including a "leash", "walk", "whisper", "winnowing", and "volley" of snipes.

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hello Rick

we are neighbors

what beautiful shot of the snipe on his natural pose Rick,
i have one snipe image and i would like one day have another one
wih the snipe on this pose, very fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful softness of the image, excellent sharpness and details,



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-30 18:05]

Hi Rick
Beautiful capture ,that is one of my favorite bird.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Detail is excellent .I hope to have a chance at one of them one day.
TFS Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-30 18:21]

Hola Rick.
I like the way this Snipe is resting in only one leg, kind of funny. The imege well framed with the bird in left, great BG too.

I wonder why they are hunted? I had heard of doing it as a joke and back then we didn't think it was a real bird or animal..We had no idea...do hunters actually carnivore these down or what? This is the first I have heard of them being shot as a sport...interesting...and being an old man who came from a hunting family I am well aware, but the last many years I quit...I am still a carnivore but not for sport....Nice image Rick!


Very nice capture! It looks like this guy really needed the rest. I like the composition, detail and pose of the bird. If there is anything I could add here as part of my critique is to bump the saturation and contrast up a touch. It could bring more life into this awesome shot. Very nicely done Rick.

Best Regards,


I think I need to look up why they give them these names!This ain't common, Rick!I haven't even seen one!I was just telling Rob(Arfer) the grey squirrel he's posted is not grey, but black!
K! K! I know!Here I go again!Ignorant me!
Lovely shot, and I didn't know the number of eggs in a "litter"(for the lack of a better word) was called clutch!So thanks on that count, too, Rick!
See?I'm learning!

Believe it or not, I captured a bird of similar size, coloring, and looks, right down to the bill. I wonder if it is in the same family? I'm still trying to identify it.

Now, as far as Common Snipe goes, I love the lighting, the colors of the plumage, and it's pose. You know, I think my feet would be killing me, too. I have to wonder though, that bill, is it more of a handicap than a help? I could just see myself falling over if my nose was that long...okay, I get distracted easily...

The DOF here is terrific, and even though the image is soft, it is fitting. All the details are there, and the title made me laugh. Also, you're notes are terrific. I'm still looking for something up in Canada...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-30 20:08]

Hi Rick,

Cute title but he's only resting one foot! I have never seen a real Snipe but would recognize one from this shot. He certainly has a distinctive beak. The plummage is wonderful with good colors and details.


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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2008-06-30 22:52]

hi Rick,
Very nice shot well framed with natural colors and many details of plumage,
very well done
TFS and regards

Hi Rick, crazy bill on this bird, I love snipe.....great characters and this one is a proud un!!.. Lovely use of the available light to get good definition and colouration to this, set against a neutral background.. very good!!!

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-06-30 23:46]

Hello Rick,
You've presented a wonderful 'one legged' Snipe. POV, DOF, composition and colors are well recorded. Useful notes.

Thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-01 1:19]

Hola amigo,
excelente trabajo, pov y foco...
bonito pose y plumaje.
saludos Rick.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-01 2:06]

Hello Rick, Nice caption and fantastic capture. Lovely view and good composition. nice note too. Ganesh

Hello Rick,
what a beautiful and clear shot,lovely pose and superb sharpness,very nice composition too,
very well done,

Hi Rick

Fine shot of this snipe
Good composition
Good sharpness
Good OOF background


Hello Rick , comp. and shrpnss is very good , TFS and good luck .

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-07-01 10:21]

Hi again Rick
What a great capture and marvellous picture! The title is funny and fits so well. Magnificent focus, DOF, lighting and colors wiht excellent sharp details and a gorgeous composition. I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-01 13:36]

Where do you find all these creatures?! This place must be teeming with animals :-)
This is a perfect image of this Snipe.
The composition is great!
Very sharp and clear.
Excellent DOF.

Very well done, Rick!


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-01 14:25]

Very nice colors, excellent detail, nice DOF andwhat I like most about this shot is the composition!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-01 22:35]

Hi Rick

A very fine capture of the Common Snipe. I like the way it connects to the viewer by the way it seems to looks directly on the camera.The plumage looks highlighted and detailed with the effective use of light.The perch on which it stands helps to get a very good view of the whole bird.The bird is presented with great clarity, sharpness and focus.The muted BG helps to train the whole focus on the bird.

With this PoV the bird looks as if it is standing on single leg.
Thank you for sharing this image.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-02 5:19]

Hello Rick,
Great photo of this Common Snipe. Excellent natural colours and sharpness. Very good composition, POV and eye-contact. Good OOF BG.

Hello Rick,
excellent capture, good sharpness, depth of field, composition an d pov, nice colors and details in the plummage, lovely oof background, well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-02 21:19]

Hello Rick

The term sniper came from those able to actually bag a snipe.
You have to be a bit of a sharp shooter to get one of these speedy and evasive fliers.
Just as difficult with a camera .
Very well focused with excellent markings and details.
Well done Mr.sniper


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-03 7:35]

You seem to like fence and posts! It makes great pictures and this one-legged bird sure knows how to use it. It looks like a water bird standing on a post in a field. Strange view that you captured and very nice. THank you!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-08 23:11]

Hi Rick.
I see old wood post is so attractive for various cute animals. This time you have pictured a very nice bird model. All scene is fine especially I like ear on the right side as small addition. Wonderful, so pleasant soft lighting and colours, details of the main subject is great and composition of the shot is blameless. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-07-18 20:26]

Hi Rick,
Nicely done and quite a beautiful composition.
Kind regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-20 22:16]

Hello Rick,
A superb portrait of a Common Snipe with fine sharpness against a great OOF natural BG that sets it off so well. Excellet pose, POV and composition too.
Thanks for sharing this fine image and for your kind words on my 2 years on TN.

Nicely done, Rick.
Very good depth of field. Everthing is sharp. Small aperture was effective. Very good background as well. It's natural.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-09-07 2:34]

HI Rick,
Nicely framed , nice lush background too!

Very successful image.Strange that you posed on a wooden Snipe.

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