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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-01 18:52
Viewed: 2393
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this bird may be a Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) from the markings. What caught my attention was how it pecks upside down. This capture brightened my day on what had been a dampened morning.

I hiked out four miles onto some private land where I had secured permission to do photography. I was told by the owner that I could take a path down to an area where a creek ran. No big deal, she said, it's only a couple of inches and a short hop will have me over it.

Unknown to me, there were two paths and they looked nearly identical. One made by humans and the other by wildlife. Not listening closly (and anxious to get all the photos I could), I left her while she was still giving me directions. I took the path, found the water - even spotting two rocks I could use for balance. There was only one problem: I was so cocky that I didn't look down or I would've noticed the depth. There was a thin layer of ice (but there is no more) and instead of the couple of inches the owner mentioned, I went for a swim I didn't anticipate since the water came to the top of my thighs. To make matters worse, when I head out into the wildlife areas, my dog is not only leashed, but I wrap the leash around my waist with a rope so I know he won't go chasing after anything. He was rather put out by his swim as well.

I climbed out, more humilated than hurt (not to mention a tad chilled) and decided that by the time I returned home, I'd be mostly dry anyway, and since it was a two hour hike back, I said the heck with it and continued on my hike. This is one of the few shots I managed to get - and I might add, one of the few clear shots I actually have of this bird. They move quickly, flock in groups, and startle easily. So, after a dampened morning, this did lift my spirits a bit. I've named him Sunshine.

By the way, instinct had me lift the camera over my head so that stayed dry. Once my camera was secure, I then went to my dog, and finally, myself.

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H-Y-P-O-T-H-E-R-M-I-A, my dear! :)

A lovely shot though...the composition is great with the rule of thirds followed. The curves in this photo are graceful contrasting with the spikes. An interesting combination that works well (most combinations nature puts together work well!).
A lovely little bird. Sweet!

Now, next time be careful!!!

Quite the story in notes. Very nice lighting and the surrounding tree makes a nice addition.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-03 2:33]

Quite an adventure you lived that day ! Well done on the picure though, good composition, exposure and sharpness. Nice little bird ! Thanks,


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