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American Avocet

American Avocet
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-05-19 15:40
Viewed: 3325
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo shows an American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana). I believe that this one is a female, since she is more lightly coloured than her mate. I saw these elegant birds at Frank Lake, Alberta last week. That was the first time that I'd been able to get close enough to one for a decent photo. The American Avocet is a large, long-legged shorebird that stands about 45 cm (18 in) tall and is about 46-51 cm (18-20 in) in length. (From the iBird Explorer Pro application.) In the spring and summer, these birds come to southern areas of Canada's three Prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) for breeding. They also breed in many of the western U.S. states.

They have a curious upturned bill, which is "just the right shape for skimming food off the surface of shallow waters." (From the Birds of Alberta Field Guide.) I was reading in iBird Explorer that nesting American Avocets, while they may look like passive, non-aggressive birds, have been known to attack and strike Northern Harriers and Common Ravens. Also in iBird Explorer, I read about how innovative the American Avocets are when the water level threatens their nest; apparently, they will "raise the nest up to a foot or more with sticks, weeds, bones and feathers to keep the eggs above water."

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Hello John,

ÔÔ!!!, j'aime cet oiseau avec son grand bec éfilé.
Il a vaiment les pattes boueuses!!!
Superbe contraste de couleurs avec son plumage blanc...doré et le fond BG.
Bravo pour cette capture séduisante.
Amicalement et bonne fin de journée.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-19 16:01]
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Hi John,
Splendid natural colours and nice crisp details are the highlights of this image. I nave a nit though John, the image seems to be running down hill from right to left as the ripples and water lines on the rocks look out of balance. But other than that it's great and of my favourite shorebird here in Alberta. Thanks for sharing John.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-05-19 21:24]
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Great shot, John.
I love the avocets, so dainty and pretty!
Sharp and well exposed.
You caught this one in mid-stride.
The reflection is cool.
TFS. : )

Hello john,
Excellent shot. good pose captured with good sharpness and in lovely light.

Hi John

Good shot of this handsomne avocet. Great sharpness and good composition.


excellent pose by the Avocet, good composition and well shown species. tfs.

Hello John,
Very beautiful photo in great natural colours and good sharpness and details. Very nice composition.

Hi John,this pic no need comments about the quality,truely at the top,and it's a beautiful composition whit these reflections...very professional work and nice specie,thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

hello John
a very nice and good sharpness picture of this Beautiful bird
great details and nice pose
greeting lou

Hello John,
Superb bird shot!Details, sharpness,colors and composition are perfect. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-20 22:55]
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Hello John,
A fine close capture of the American Avocet taken with good timing to show thw walking action. The colors, lighting, clarity and composition are all excellent.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-23 1:14]

Hello John,
nice capture of the avocet. Very sharp indeed and very special details noted. I like to see the beak, so special and so exciting. Nature has provide such a wonderful thing to think about.
The features are lovely and and you have added the reflection to beautify the composition.
Well presented shot.


NB: Thanks for correcting my spelling. Poor me!

hello John

excellent and beautiful photo of this American Avocet
shot with fine POV and appropriate framing, fine focus
sharpness and details, beautiful warmer luminosity,
and you clicked the camera at the best time
with the walking pose, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-09 3:33]

Hello John,
A lovely action capture of the American Avocet taken from a nice POV and in beautiful light. Great sharpness and well composed too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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