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The American Woodcock

The American Woodcock
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-19 13:36
Viewed: 3284
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello friends, from my archives, i have
already post some photos of this Woodcock
on her nest with some different POVs

to can found this bird in the woods
you need the help of a pointing dog,
i was with a friend that he do
American Woodcock chicks banding
for the Canadian Government,
this Woodcock was found and
pointed by his pointing dog

from Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife website

« A nearby female chooses a male
to mate with on its singing ground.
The hen then builds a shallow nest
on the ground often in close proximity
to the males’ courtship area.

Although a variety of habitats are
selected for nesting purposes,
most hens nest in young-growth forest
near the base of a small tree or shrub.

The woodcock hen lays four brown-spotted,
buff colored naturally camouflaged eggs
in a nest carved out amongst the dead
leaves and twigs. Woodcock will readily
renest if the nest is destroyed or if the
young are lost early during brood rearing.

The hen incubates the eggs for about 21 days.
Newborn chicks can travel with the female
within a day of hatching, but are not as
independent as young turkeys and quail,
which can feed themselves immediately
after hatching. The hen gathers most of
their food and feeds the young directly.

Chicks will huddle under her for warmth
during the first 10 days or so.
After this period, the hen no longer
broods her young. Before the chicks are
truly independent, they are extremely
vulnerable to death from cold, wet weather.

The hen’s motherly assistance tapers off
after around three weeks, and the young
are on their own after about 35 days.
Once independent, the young disperse from
the brooding area but typically remain in the
general vicinity until the fall migration. »



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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-01-19 13:43]

Bonjour Asbed !
Et bien, il est vraiment bien caché cet oiseau ! Difficile de l'apercevoir, même sur la photo ! C'est une espèce que je ne pourrai sans doute jamais observer dans la nature, alors je suis contente de le voir au moins sur de belles photos comme celle-ci. C'est vraiment de l'excellent travail. Félicitations !

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-19 14:02]

Hi Asbed
absolutely stunning

Hello Asbed,
extraordinary image of camouflaged woodcock, excellent sharpness and color. This beautiful shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

Supernatural and Fragile! It is a remarkable look inside the world of the aviary. These are the kind of images I used to see at Cleveland Metroparks in their miniature gallery areas along the very long Emerald Necklace...and a few at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History...you should visit them. I have dozens of times as a child! This would be at home in that area.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-19 19:54]

Hello Asbed,
A wonderful image of this little Woodcock who is sitting very still and keeping well hidden. The camouflaged colors and patterns make this little bird almost totally invisible except for it's big blackish eye. Excellent detail and nicely composed. Well done!!

This most favoured subject of yours, my dear friend Asbed, is a master of camouflage. I love the way you've captured it!

Hallo Asbed,
another very beautiful capture of teh Woodcock, the camouflage is impressive, superb sharpness and colours, well done
Best regards

Perfectly camouflaged between the green vegetation, with only the shiny eye sparkling like a black Perl, that incredible woodcock, the unmistakable logo on your trade mark is the center of the attention in this frame. Difficult to see it indeed, but couldn't escape from your eye, friend Asbed. I am glad to see how carefully you are controlling the sharpness, colors saturation and the contrast here. Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Asbed,

well taken this camoufladed bird.
you must been having eyes of an eagle to see this lovely bird camouflaged on the ground.
Fine natural colors.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-20 7:13]

Hello Asbed,
If it weren't for your pointer dog, this American Wood cock would certainly be missed!
But this is a fine capture showing her with excellent sharpness as she broods among the dense vegetation.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Asbed,
Attractive photo of the bird and its hiding place; the bird is sharply depicted and the colours are very beautiful. Best wishes, Pambos

Hi Asbed,
I like Your photos. Nice natural colours and good sharpness.
Have a nice weekend (oh no, one day more!),

Hi Asbed
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Ciao Asbed, great camuflage for this lovely bird, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Dear Asbed,
No woodcock can hide itself in the Canadian wilderness when you are around. TFS for showing us birds of Quebec.

Yo no se como pudiste descubrirla :-)
Oportuna y original captura Asbed.
Buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

wonderful scene Asbed, natural, very good photo output!
TFS Nasos

Bonsoir Asbed,

Les branches et la végétation cadrent bien l'oiseau. la prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la bécasse d'Amérique. la qualité de la lumière rehausse les couleurs de l'image. bonne soirée.


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