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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: 2007-05-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-04 5:54
Viewed: 3027
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went AWOL the last few days, due to cabin fever. Yes, Lucy and I lost our senses traded in our travel trailer and bought a new one. So we had to try it out even though the first night it was -15 Celsius and the second night it snowed and blew hard we gave it a fair test drive out at the Cypress Hills. No neighbours either night except some noisy coyotes that decided we needed serenading. The first night the stars were amazing, you felt like you could reach out and touch them the second night was black, like being inside a cow. Bob Shannon knows all to well what I'm talking about. We talked with a friend Linda she lives on a farm just west of the hills and she walked out of the house onto her deck the other morning where she feeds her cats and found some fresh blood, thinking one of the cats was injured she followed the trail to the shed, when she went to go inside she came face to face with a cougar, the cougar picked up the dead cat and walked out as Linda backed away from the door of the shed, hows that for a wake up call.

Todays posting is from last spring and is a male Mountain Bluebird, one of the most vivid birds in our area. An early returning species they shouldn't be more than a month or so away. They feed mainly on insects and prefer short grass prairie for habitat. They nest in vacant tree hollows or bird boxes. Many volunteer groups set up what are called bluebird trails which are a group of boxes that they maintain and keep track of numbers of hatchlings surviving.

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Hi Rick
Great bicolor image - vivid blue vs grey OOF background. Perfect composition, good sharpness I like it very much

Hallo Rick
Soon I'll start to get green with jealousy because I envy you for this photo.
Soon Loot and I will also be going away for a few days for our 27th wedding anniversary and we also hope to bring back some good shots.
Sometime soon I'll revisit your gallery.

Sorry short of time today.
Kind regards

Hi Rick,
A beautiful and nice looking blue bird. Excellent capture with very good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Rick,

Wonderful picture of this bluebird. Excellent POV and sharpness. Good light and colours.


Great image of this bluebird,
Sorry to hear about your friends cat,
Love the bird though,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-04 7:10]

Hello Rick
Beautiful image.I hope to be able to catch one this year on my trip to Alberta.That is a very well composed image.It is very sharp with excellent details in the plumage.The light is also very good.I like the pose of your subject and the catch light in the eye.
TFS MIchel

Belles couleurs pour ce charmant oiseau.
Bonne journÚe.

The first bluebird on TN seen by me. Previous postings were of jays just tagged as bluebirds. It needs a bit contast and levels adjustment as told by wire. But the overall compo and details are very good.

Nice capture Rick..I do know the mountain bluebird as well.....We had one which perched at the same locatio9n every day in the morning...and was there 1/2 hour after when we came back to the cabin....did this for weeks and I never once thought to take a picture...very nicely done..
Bob...wishing I could do it over again:-)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-04 8:23]

Hi Rick,

A beautiful Bluebird in a wonderful pose. Are you yearning for spring? Colors are superb with wonderful shading - details of the face and wings are marvelous. The story you told about the cat is an all too familiar one here. The desert is not pet friendly.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-04 8:37]

Hi Rick,
what a beautiful little bird!
Great detail in the feathers and good overall sharpness.
Well composed with a great POV.
Excellent eye-contact.
Perfect DOF.
Nice work mate!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-04 8:39]

Hello Rick,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Bluebird.
I like its pose very much and the fine details and coloure of the plumage. A very fine smooth background too.'
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-04 8:57]

Hi Rick,

Very smooth and soft capture. I like the pose and the POV. The blue is splendid.


Hi Rick,
a very nice picture with lovely colours and great pose.
The picture is well composed with nice POV and fine DOF, the bird standout well from the BG.
It's a wee bit soft but that's on my monitor.
Well done.

The wonderful DOF enhances the colours of this bird so well/great details and a lovely focus...TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-04 10:40]

Hi Rick.
Amazing note. I have read it with great interest. The shared shot is also amazing. Great pose and glance of the bird, excellent colour reproduction and reflection of every feather. Wonderful smooth BG with nice neutral colours. Thanks and Bravo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-04 11:14]

Hello Rick,
What an amazing beauty! Sharpness, composition and colours are perfect. Excellent pose and POV. Marvelous blurred BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-04 13:05]

esplÚndida captura Rick,
buen trabajo y exˇtico color...
buenos detalles amigo,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-04 14:55]

Hi Rick

Interesting note - about the wildest thing you would find round here is a stoat!

Great POV combined with razor sharp focus and excellent exposure. Great posting.



hello Rick

excellent shot of this Bluebird, i love his pose and your POV
the bird by his back, i love too that in the framing you keept
a very good space in front where the bird is looking,
excellent sharpness and details and a lovely catch-light at the eye, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-04 17:14]

Hola Rick.
Reading Your note, You and Lucy live a great moments in Your new Travel trailer. Last saturday i went to bed early in the ranch were I work and woke up at 4am it was little cold
-5C and went to see the stars, and the only thinking in my mind was "We are nothing"
This is great image of a Blue bird, we have some around here too.
Tomorrow I will post a couple of young deers, please tell Lucy this one is going for her, and I hope she like it. Take good care.
Saludos My friend.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-04 18:47]

Hi Rick,

Gorgeous blue on this Mountain bluebird!
I really like the composition having the bird showing all his feathers in very good details and showiing us his profile so we can appreciate the beautiful catch light in his eye.
Very well done!


Congratulations on your new travel trailer. I hope you get lots use out of it this summer. Beautiful Bluebird here. Nice pose, focus and BG.

Hi Rick, we have so many bluebird boxes set up around our place (in Ontario),and I've even set up a couple myself, but I have yet to see a Bluebird. This is a beautiful bird. You've done a great job here in capturing this image. The pose is great with him showing his back, and turning his head back to provide full visibility. Very beautiful colour and excellent detail.

Thanks, John

Hello Rick,
Very beautiful bird; amazing blue color.
Soon we will get a cougar image as well?;-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-05 3:26]

Hello Rick,
What a fine bird and what a fine capture of it!
The technical quality of this Mountain Bluebird image is first class and the POV, pose and composition against a neutral BG add to the attraction of this image. the catchlight in the eye is a bonus.
Thanks for sharing this beauty, Rick!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-05 5:09]

Hello Rick, great note! And of course a great shot, that's bird I would love tosee one day, well composed, great sharpness and a perfect exposure, well done, thanks!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-05 11:17]

Hi Rick,
not soon enough, this winter is dragging on for to long.
Gorgeous shot, the color and details are amazing.
Love the neutral BG that shows off its beauty perfectly.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-05 17:15]

Ho, I had not seen this beauty. I have never seen a live one neither have I seen one that close! Beautiful bird, the blue is striking. And I am very happy for both of you with the acquisition of this new trailer - wow, what a fantastic night and what fantastic nights you will live! Staying out at minus 15, fantastic! Hope you have many nights ahead of you to count the stars!


Hi Rick
Love this Bluebird image. I've yet to capture one with my camera. The color here and details are wonderful. Nicely composed also with a fine pose. Well done

hi rick!
very nice shot on this fine bird
with good quality!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-15 21:51]

Hello Rick
What a beauty!
The over the shoulder look is wonderful.
Amazing plumage detail and colour.
Great eye contact and catch light.
An awesome capture.


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