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Atlantic Puffin


Atlantic Puffin
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Copyright: Joseph Simard (jossim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF 70-300 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/5.3
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-13 4:03
Viewed: 4169
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Le Macareux moine. La réserve de parc national du Canada de l'Archipel-de-Mingan abrite quelques 35 000 couples d'oiseaux marins de 12 espèces différentes durant leur période de reproduction.

Parmi ceux-ci, le Macareux moine est sans contredit celui qui vole la vedette. Son allure de petit clown et son bec aux couleurs vives font de lui un des oiseaux les plus fascinants des îles.

On l'a nommé « Macareux moine » car, hors de l'eau, il se tient les pattes jointes comme un moine en prière. Les couleurs vives de son bec lui donnent l'apparence d'un oiseau exotique, d'où son surnom local de « perroquet de mer ». D'autres le nomment «calculot», à cause de son hochement fréquent de la tête, laissant croire qu'il calcule.

Le golfe du Saint-Laurent offre des conditions écologiques et océanographiques propices à l'établissement des macareux. Le brassage des eaux induit par les courants marins favorise la production de nourriture. Les macareux préfèrent les petites îles en raison de la rareté des prédateurs. Trois îles se partagent les colonies de macareux : on retrouve les deux plus importantes à l'île de la Maison et à l'île à Calculot des Betchouanes. Une toute petite colonie niche à l'île aux Perroquets.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-13 4:07]

Hi Joseph,

You caught this flying puffin very well. I think this bird is one of the cutest of all. Nice, satured colors and good sharpness. Impressive capture!

regards,
Zeno.

Hello Joseph,
Very good in flight capture of this Puffin.
Lovely pose of the bird with the wings in front and legs down, ready to land.
Sharpness and exposure are excellent and therefore feather details and colors are beautiful.
Pity the top of the right wing is cropped of a little, but that does'nt effect the beauty of the image to much.
The Puffin is a bit to much centered in the frame though and it would have ben nicer, as it comes to composition, if you did crop a small part (one inch or a little more) from the right side.
Nevertheless a very nice shot and a joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,
Harry

I've tried photographing these birds in flight and I know how difficult it is, so I think you've done very well here.
The puffin is nice and sharp and the out of focus sea makes a great background. Good light too, and it's well exposed.
It would have been even better if the puffin was less central in the frame - leaving more space in front of the bird than behind. I'd also have preferred it if you hadn't clipped the wingtip with the edge of the frame.
Even so, I like this a lot, and apart from the framing issues it's very well taken.
Good work Joseph.

Cheers,
Ben

Hello Joseph,
Good work.
Nice in flight Puffin.
Like the blue BG as well.
Wing touching the frame is a minor nit...
TFS
Annick

Wonderful shot. Great POV with perfect sharpness, superb colour and details on this beauty!
Best wishes,
Achim

un peu trop d'espace libre ur la droite mais une superbe prise en pleine action, chapeau
amicalement
jo

Nice action shot, Joseph!
TFS
Ralf

Hi,
The diffused lighting, BG and the action make this a class picture! The only nit might be its little in the center but don't bother its a very good picture.
TFS
goutham

Wonderful image Joseph!
I can see the air ruffling the feathers of the Puffin!
Excellent colors and depth of field.
nice framing!

Elton

HI Joseph,
Very nice flight of this puffin, very nice colors, sharpness and background. Great capture.
Regards.

  • Great 
  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2007-08-13 23:36]

Hi Joseph. It's a great photo. I like it.
The pose is superb.

TFS

Farid

Salut Joseph,
Très belle capture en vol. Les couleurs sont splendides et l'oiseau à une très belle nettetée.
Merci du partage.
Eric

Salut Joseph,
A beautiful inflight moment of this wonderful bird. I still hope to capture it myself someday. Great work on the details and exposure. I like the way you issolated the bird from the blue sea. A small pity about the clipped wing.
TFS,
Niek

Hello Joseph,
Great timing and good freezing of motion. Beautiful colours and a sharp image.
regards
Matt.

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