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Killdeer in Flight

Killdeer in Flight
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 6:38
Viewed: 2977
Points: 42
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It was a rather unexpected meeting between the Killdeer and me. Four Lakes is a virtual line of the mind, but a crossroads in reality. There are numerous lakes, all natural and carved out millions of years ago in the basalt and lava. Some lakes are fence, while others not. County roads jigsaw across them in an attempt to go west 300 miles to Seattle and the ocean shores. Yet here are so many migratory birds, which is primarily why I came out on the day before Easter, Saturday March 22, 2008. There were not thoughts of catching birds in mid air, although I had the proper gear, my mindset was for video and landscape.

It is said a good Taoist warrior is always calm yet always aware. I heard a noise which didn't sound like a goose or a duck. The small speck against the greenery island separating two lakes had me bring my camera up to th eye quickly whilst at the same time setting focus for just a tad below infinity and pulling into 300mm mode. 'Twas over in a second and I saw nothing on the LCD which indicated I had caught a bird. Upon arriving home, this "roll of film" in a digital card was "developed" by my computer and I saw it much clearer so enlarged and framed it as best I could. Since I have seen many birds flying here on TN, I was aware that this one was a more environmental image but also caught a bird which is rare posted in flying mode. Having seen one protect it's nest last year, I knew what it was and hence present it to you, as is. Guaranteed not to arrive DOA! It is Easter morning here in the US and a celebration in the Christian religion. so in that thought I dedicate this image to the creator of all!
A 1 minute video of the Four Lakes area can be seen by clicking here

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-23 6:56]

Hello Bob,
Hard to make this out from the thumbnail but enlarged it brings a surprise - a beautiful Killdeer in mid air against a lovely natural background! It almost looks as if it had been pasted on to the background! Very well done - sharp focus and fine colours and details.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Bob, how did you manage to get this bird in flight?
Goodness gracious, though it is not in the class of Necip's work, you've got the main features of the bird in good detail.
Alas, I am the worst in this aspect of nature photography! I try and try but always fail to get the subject within the frame, ha,ha,ha!!
Maybe you need the reflexes of youth, which I do not seem to have anymore.
However, you belie that assumption.
Well done, brother!

Truly amazing that you captured this on in flight. We have several pairs of these near where I work, and I've seen them fly, which makes this even more amazing, they're FAST!
The killdeer are one of my favorite birds to watch and their call is very piercing and easy to identify. What a lovely shot with the blurred scenery in the background he really stands out so clearly, well done.

Hi Bob,
Like you have already said...what's remarkable about this shot is the reflex which has helped you capture this bird in flight and get it right at the same time. It's a great shot with the OOF BG and the subject almost in the middle of the frame.

Awesome stuff!!


Dear Bob
I really like how you used the environment here :O)
Perfect colors,exposure and POV,Superb shot my friend.


Hi Bob, fantastic focus on this flying bird, wonderful colorful blurry BG and excellent sharpness, very well done, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this bird in flight. Good details and composition. I also like the video. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-23 9:48]

Hi Bob,

Didn't expect to see an inflight Kildeer from you!! I love it! You captured the bird in a lovely position with his wings raised, his beak open and his outstretched legs. Really nice. Wishing you and Jane a Happy Easter.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-23 10:52]
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Hello Bob,
You caught this Killdeeer in flight sharply and in a fine wing position, blurred lake BG helping to emphasise it. He'is flying out of rather than into the picture, but perhaps that was the intention. Enjoyed the video and the musical accompaniment.
Thanks for sharing this and have a good Easter break,

hello Bob

excellent inflight shot of this Killdeer, in french for this kind
of shots we say photo prise sur le vif , excellent POV
and with your PP work you did a excellent job for the framing,
with this POV and framing, we see from where the Killdeer
is coming and where he is going, keeping good space
in front and behind him, TFS, Happy Easter Sunday


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-23 11:54]

Well done on the capture of this Kildeer in flight my friend, you isoloated very well yor subject from the background, thanks Bob for this nice shot,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-23 12:09]
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Hi Bob. This is something different from you today.I like the way you have blurred the BG all over yet the bird is in focus. very good colours. well done tFS.

Ps i keep looking at the Video your not as old as you make out. Ha Ha

Hi Bob, Nice inflight capture. The bird is quite sharp and in a fine pose. The blurred Bg works very well to isolate it. Nice dediaction to our Creator. Tfs Richard

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-23 15:13]

Now how on Earth did you get this?!
You must have lighting quick reflexes or something!
You got it really sharp as well and in a great pose.
Very good DOF and unbelievably good focusing.
I like how we get a sense of this Killdeer's surroundings too.
What an odd name this bird has... I wonder how it got it?
Happy Easter to you Bob.


Lovely light! As usual, a very unique and inspiring composition! :)

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-23 19:39]

As enigmatic as you can be, this is a clear, sharp and such an original picture! No enigma here, it is plainly what you saw, in a sudden movement, captured it. That's fast and the colours are bright and beautiful, the bird's movement is frozen in time forever. Thank you!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-23 20:52]

Hello Bob

A wonderful point of interest in a brightly lit and coloured shot.
The panning is well done.
Very nicely composed.


Hi Bob
Very nice job on this Very difficult in in flight shot. And once again a great note to go with it. Happy Easter and TFS

An awesome shot!This must've been a very difficult shot, which you've executed wonerfully well!
Thanks & cheers!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-24 11:52]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful in-flight shot and a fantastic perspective portrayed. Very impressive sharpness and colours and I like the illustration of the OOF BG - looks like a water colour. Perfect lighting and the focus is spot-on on the Killdeer. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Bob,

You did so well to capture this thing in flight. It's hard enough when you get plenty of warning and a chance to pan and shoot, but when they creep up on you it's a matter of quick draw, shoot and hope for the bet. And you captured a great image. Apart from the bird, I love the backdrop with as an almost impressionist look to it. Great work.


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