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Bobolink


Bobolink
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600mm f/4 II + Canon 1.4 III conve
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-24 21:25
Viewed: 2729
Points: 10
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From today's shooting not too far from my place. My first Bobolink.
A distinctive bird of open grasslands, the Bobolink is the only American bird that is black underneath and white on the back. This coloring makes the male stand out while he is performing his displays. After breeding he changes into a drab, camouflaged plumage to spend the rest of the year.
•Medium-sized songbird.
•Short, pointed tail.
•Short conical bill.
•Breeding male black below, white on back.
•Female and nonbreeding male yellowish brown with bold black stripes on head and back.
•The Bobolink is an extraordinary migrant, traveling to south of the equator each autumn and making a round-trip of approximately 20,000 kilometers (12,500 mi). One female, known to be at least 9 years old, presumably made this trip annually, a total distance equal to traveling 4.5 times around the earth at the equator!
•The Bobolink is one of the few songbirds that undergoes two complete molts each year, completely changing its feathers on both the breeding and wintering grounds.
•When the male Bobolink grows in its new feathers on the wintering grounds they all have yellowish tips, and it still looks like a nonbreeding bird. Eventually the pale tips wear off of the feathers and reveal the striking black-and-white breeding colors.
•Although the Bobolink typically feeds during the day, in migration, while building fat reserves for its long overwater flight, it has been observed feeding in rice fields after dark on bright nights


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hi Peter,
such a beautiful bird and so nicely taken. good clarity and exposure. very soothing to eyes. look at the nails! oooh!
tfs this beauty.
regards
Ruby

amazing sharpness and claws, TFS Ori

Lovely shot with well exposed blacks.

Hello Peter
Beautiful bird new for me.Great POV and composition,wonderful natural colours and clean BG.Great sharpness also.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards
J.Diogo

Hi Peter. For your first Bobolink you made out really well. It's a perfect side profile. I can't find any flaws with the picture. I love the details and the colours. Well shot! TFS Trevor

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