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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya Circ Polarizer
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/478 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Birds of the World, BIRDS OF AMERICA, 40-49 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-28 20:57
Viewed: 5069
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to present you another shot from the Everglades, this true "land of wonders" in North America.
I have been twice to Everglades, first some 9 years ago and didn't have enough time and equipment to explore it as I would like to. This year I had another opportunity to visit this area and to spend several days there, just commencing myself completely to enjoy its beauty and diversity as much as its possible, and as mosquitoes would allow me. Previous time it was August, almost impossible to stand the sun but in shadow it was even worse. These tiny beasts were coming wave after wave. This year I was lucky enough to be there in May. Also it was nice as many birds were still in their nesting colonies. That gave an excellent opportunity to capture this bird sunbathing over the water.

Anhinga aka Snakebird aka Darter aka Water Turkey
Scientific name: Anhinga anhinga (Linnaeus, 1766)
Family: Anhingidae
Order: Pelecaniformes

Occuring in the warmer parts of North America and South America, it is a cormorant-like bird with an average body length of 85 cm (35 in), a wingspan of 117 cm (45 in), and a weight of 1,350 g.

It is a dark-plumaged fish-eater with a very long neck, and often swims with only the neck above water. When swimming in this style the name Snakebird is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike.

The Anhinga is a member of the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to Indian (Anhinga melanogaster), African (Anhinga rufa), and Australian (Anhinga novaehollandiae) Darters.

The Anhinga's feathers are not waterproofed by oils like those of ducks, and can get waterlogged, causing the bird to become barely buoyant. However, this allows it to dive easily and search for fish under the water. It can stay down for significant periods.

When necessary, the Anhinga will dry out its wings and feathers. It will perch for long periods with its wings spread to allow the drying process, as do cormorants. If it attempts to fly while its wings are wet, it has great difficulty getting off the water and takes off by flapping vigorously while 'running' on the water. Anhinga will often search for food in small groups.

Source: Wikipedia

shal, blakitan, fthsm, Bufo, jmp, red45, horia, vanderschelden, SkyF, uduputuk, Ken52, RAP, cataclysta, scottevers7, Janice, marhowie, izler has marked this note useful
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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-28 21:18]

Hi Michal,
excellent details and focus,
I like the tight crop :)
Vishal Sabharwal

Hi Michal,
Excellent shot and superb PP works. Great sharpness and very neat image. Very aesthetic image.

Ben Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-29 1:08]

Fantastic capture of this anhinga, Michal.
What a striking contrast between the black and whites in the feathers.
Well cropped and wonderful pose.
The position of the head gives it a very haughty air.
Lovely details on the face.
TFS. : )

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-29 1:25]

Hi Michal,
this close up shows very nice the details of the bird. This extra bend in the neck looks really funny this way. Maybe with some PS action the white parts can be made just a little softer.
The only thing of what I'm not really sure of is the composition. The distictive spread wing is well presented, but the right wing is cut of rather bluntly. Also the bill is (too?) close to the frame. I don't know whether you cropped the image, but if you have some space left there I think it would look better (but that's just my humble opinion).
Overall, great picture.
REgards, Jacob

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-29 3:17]

Hi Michal,
You have got a really good portrait of this bird. Black and white plumage aesthetically stand out agains this smart background. For such a serious background the pose is the right one: half exhibitionist, half amusing.
A wonderful light, the best pof and a careful composition makes an excellent portrait. The bird will buy it surely!:-)
TFS, José M.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-29 4:29]

Czesc Michal!

Fantastyczna fotografia, prawdopodobnie jedna z twoich najlepszych! Udalo ci sie go zlapac na idealnym tle, jakosc, szczegoly, kolory, swiatlo - wszystko takie jak trzeba. W dodatku bardzo ciekawy bohater. Poza jest bardzo 'kormoranowa', na pierwszy rzut oka wyglada troche polamany :-)

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-29 4:38]

Excellent capture of this beauty. I like the light and BG.
TFS Michal.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-29 5:35]

Hi Michal

What a splendid portrait of this very beautiful bird!
Indeed the everglades do contain very many and superb secrtes!
The details here are simply magnificent! All the aspects of the bird are in full focus and the contrast with the BG is lovely.
The light is great, too and the pose of the bird is very nice...it looks like a top-model in a photo-shoot :))
Another aspect of this picture that i like very much is the beak - the only element with warm colors in the shot, so standing out very nicely!
Great work!

Cheers and TFS

Hi Michal,
I like the pic.
Looks like some kind of opera diva.
Beautiful contrast.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-29 9:05]

Hello Michal,
this shot looks wondeful, the bird is posing very well and showing off the wonderful details of its plumage. DOF, sharpness and the exposure is excellent.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-29 13:19]

Hi Michal,

An excellent shot with very nice colors,sharpness and details,well captured,


I like the unusual pose you captured here Michal. It's an effective presentation agains the dark grey background. The bill looks almost translucent.


Evelynn : )

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-30 5:26]

Almost a composition in B&W Michel if was not for the beak that reveals him.

I like it a lot: composition, sharpness, color, POV, DOF, focus, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to reclaim.

Excellent post with a great bird perfectly portrayed.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-31 23:14]

Hello Michal

A beautiful portrait of this bird.I have never seen this type of bird before.Excellent POV and DOF.Very good details and colouration.TFS


Czesc Misiu
Przede wszystkim musze powiedziec ze super kompozycja i fantastyczne tlo jakby pozowal w studiu profesjonalnemu fotografowi mody. Ramka ladnie zamyka calosc i pasuje tutaj swietnie.


Hi Michal,
An excellent shot on this Anhinga. Great quality light and a good exposure on him. I really like the dark backround. Makes for an almost studio quality lighting. Nice sharp detail in the plumage. The classic pose as he dires his wings. This really looks great! I am hoping to try and get to Florida this spring during the bird mating season.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-03 16:12]

Michal, this catch of the Anhinga is great! What a good display showing his wings and patterns and colours. Very well done,

Great job Michal.
You managed the light well here, with very good exposure/detail of the black plumage. Interesting composition, pose and POV. I don't miss the bottom half at all..really :)
Looks great on the grey BG as well.
Have a great weekend mf.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 11:52]

Hi Michal
Hi is giving you a good pose :) Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done


prefered shot. no doubt about it!

bonjour michal
j'aime bien ce cliché pour la pose de l'oiseau,les details du plumage et ses couleurs,presque du noir et blanc.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-01 13:29]

hello Michal
it is interesting and different bird for me. i have never seen like this. i like its pose and colours. composition, point of view, sharpness and details are great

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